You will find his name on a host of message boards, listservs, and other sites. His mission is nothing less than to protect and defend Confederate heritage from anyone who asks questions or offers a view that differs from his own. No, he does not live in the "Heart of Dixie", but in Commack, New York – or as he fondly notes at the end of emails and comments, "behind enemy lines." I've been the target of "Wild Bill" for some time now, but by now I've grown to appreciate his enthusiasm and good humor. Today I received an email from a friend who monitors a number of these message boards and email lists. Today's installment by "Wild Bill" is a real doozy, which you can read in its entirety here. This is my favorite part of the post:
Don’t waste your time trying to debate Levin. He won’t allow it. It would spoil the nice, neat look of his blog. “Thank God for Kevin Levin”, was one of the comments on his blog!! (YIPES!?) Don’t waste your time trying to engage him in debate on neutral territory either. He has nothing to gain by it. And don’t waste time trying to enlighten those who worship at his temple. They are already in. So what to do then? Email him? While it might get under his skin, it isn’t going to change anything. Start a counter blog? Having had a website myself once upon a time, I can tell you that such things are extremely time consuming. Actually folks, there’s a lot more at stake here than simply counter-pointing a blowhard yankee blogger. Levin, you see, is a teacher, the same kind of teacher who teaches your kids to be ashamed of who they are and where they come from. I wish I had a dollar for every Southerner who’s told me that he’s lost one or more children to an educational system which has seen fit to ingrain shame into them.
And there are many Kevin Levins, in public schools and in private ones, all over the South and indeed, all over the country. The way to combat people like Levin is not to challenge them to intellectual duels, which they will not accept because they have nothing to gain, but to challenge them when they try to (and I mean this in the most literal sense) take your children away from you! Remember, you pay their salaries. You pay for your kids to go to the school, be it a private school or a public one. Don’t send your kids to them without first giving those kids the “lowdown” on who they themselves are, and who people like Levin are! And when teachers like Levin try to make your kids ashamed of who and what they are, go pay those teachers a visit and tell them that you pay their salaries and that you don’t appreciate what they are trying to do. I could be wrong, but my gut tells me that such schools as the one Levin teaches in are full of “latchkey children,” (children whose parents simply turn their kids over to the educational system without keeping tabs on what’s being taught).
You will notice that he spends quite a bit of time criticizing me for not allowing certain comments through on my blog. As all of you know I do monitor comments for language as well as content. If the comment contains offensive language or deviates significantly from the topic I delete it. Readers, however, are free to disagree. What "Wild Bill" doesn't tell his readers is that I allowed one of his crude comments through in response to Peter Carmichael's guest post on Confederate slaves. In fact, both Peter and I welcomed "Wild Bill" to respond directly to the content of the post, which he attempted to do, but than failed to follow-up at all. It was clear to us that he simply had nothing useful to say. I couldn't be happier that this blog has brought "Wild Bill" to the point where he feels a need to lash out once again.
Well "Wild Bill", the cat's out of the bag. Anyone who bothers to look can see that you are nothing but a fraud and a liar. It's just more evidence that Civil War Memory is on the right track. By the way, I will be teaching a course on Civil War memory next semester and I plan on using your emails and postings as a case study for a lesson on the divisive nature of remembrance and commemoration. Thanks buddy. Keep them coming.
Note: I've decided to create a new category titled, "Fan Mail" for just this sort of thing.