Those of you who have followed the coverage involving a petition by James Loewen and Edward Sebesta asking Barack Obama to end the practice of sending a wreath to the Confederate Monument at Arlington know the discussion has been heated. This was one of the reasons why I suggested in a recent post that the petition was a bad idea. As many of you know I am a regular target of those who interpret my commentary as offensive and that is to put it mildly. On occasion I share these comments with my readers, usually with a bit of humor thrown into the mix.
Unfortunately, a recent comment by Josephine L. Bass cannot be treated with such good humor. Her comment appeared as part of the discussion following Loewen and Sebesta’s petition at the History News Network:
I agree, and the Kevin Levin is one of their ilk! They are in to present ism, South Bashing, and hatred of the Sons and Daughters of the Confederacy. Levin is born in the North teaching students n VIRGINIA! Keep your eyes peeled for him and let him have it with both barrels.
For now I am going to attribute this to poor word choice, but I do want Ms. Bass and others to understand that such language will not be tolerated. We can and should disagree with one another, but it must be done in a respectful manner. Whatever differences there may be, and however offensive some may interpret my commentary, I have never used such language in reference to any group or individual. Please understand that I am prepared to take legal action if necessary.
You are free to post a response, but I will not approve any comment that exacerbates this situation in any way. Please do not address Ms. Bass on this forum. If you are a blogger I kindly ask that you refrain from allowing her to comment about me on your site. And I would appreciate it if the rest of you would keep a sharp eye out for any threatening references from Ms. Bass.
I apologize for having to bring this to your attention, but I wanted to have a public record of this on my site. Thanks for your understanding.