Dear Amanda

As many of you know there are certain people that are not allowed to comment on this site.  You are free to disagree with what I write here, but I expect that you do so in a respectful manner.  This is my personal website and I set the rules.  You are free to use your language of choice on other websites or on your own.  Now, it seems that I may have been too quick to dismiss a comment that I thought had been authored by an individual who is banned from commenting on this site.  More on why I believed this later, but first I give you Mr. Carl Roden’s version of the events in question.

The last thing I want to do is alienate a young adult who expresses an interest in American history.  I’ve spent the past 12 years working to make history both exciting and relevant to high school aged students.  With this in mind I want to offer a sincere apology to young Amanda.  I encourage you to share your ideas on this site in the future if you are moved to do so.

Two things before I close: First, let me suggest that you change your email identification to something other than dixibytch.  It is not fitting for a young Georgia girl.  And I wonder if you can explain why your comment and that of Mr. Roden, who has been banned from this site, have the same IP Address?  I found it strange that your first and only comment on this blog, which references Mr. Roden specifically, includes the same IP address.

Well, I am sure that it was just a coincidence, but I truly hope that you understand why your comment was edited.  Best of luck with the second half of the school year.

Update: Dear Amanda, — It appears that the post in question was deleted from the Southern Heritage Preservation Group’s page, but just to show how sincere I am in my apology I include two screenshots below.  Here is a link to the edited comment.  Looks like Amanda gets around. :-)

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12 comments… add one

  • Kate Halleron Jan 2, 2012

    Apparently Mr. Roden’s version has been deleted.

  • Jonathan Dresner Jan 2, 2012

    FWIW, Roden’s FB post “could not load or has been removed” for me, but I’m not a group member.

  • Rob Baker Jan 2, 2012

    Carl made another Facebook response. To be clear, I questioned him about putting my name in something on his first post that was inaccurate and then he edited it. Then he stated he removed the thread and I asked him if this post was the cause.

    • Kevin Levin Jan 2, 2012

      I just hope that we are able to keep the focus on Amanda, who is clearly the innocent one in all of this.

      • Rob Baker Jan 2, 2012

        Well Kevin, I live in Georgia so if you need a personal message delivered I am sure I can oblige.

        • Kevin Levin Jan 2, 2012

          I am hoping that my sincerity comes through on the blog, but thanks anyway.

  • Richard Jan 2, 2012

    Those pesky old IP addresses. LOL Sounds like someone needs to use a Russian proxy servers.

  • Carl W. Roden Jan 2, 2012

    Howdy Kev!

    I have to say as far as a smear campaign goes you are doing an excellent job, I mean getting everyone together for this one….wow! I had no idea my thoughts were so dangerous. :)
    Seriously though lose the fake IP amateur computer hacker crap. If I wanted to bash someone I would not play the Corey Meyer/Hunter South card, I’d do it face to face (or rather with my real name attached to it).

    • Kevin Levin Jan 3, 2012

      Mr. Roden,

      You really have no shame. Now you are accusing me of engaging in a “smear campaign”? Even after making up a fake id to sneak through a comment about yourself, you have the nerve to fabricate an entire story about how I offended a 15yr old girl. No “hacking” took place. Every comment comes attached with an IP address. Since you have been banned from this site your comment went into my spam folder where it was easy to match up the IPs. I would love to hear an explanation of how this happened on both my site and Andy Hall’s. I am sure you will argue that this is some kind of conspiracy, but I suspect even your friends will see through it.

      It’s about time you take some responsibility for your behavior. More importantly, please get some help.

  • Jim Dick Jan 2, 2012

    I would like to know what the names are of the books he says he has on his shelf about Black Confederates.
    Rule of thumb. Name calling is a sign that you’ve lost an argument because your facts don’t hold water. They go hand in hand with current political rhetoric. Polemical writing is full of the type of writing Mr. Roden seems to be good at.

  • Margaret D. Blough Jan 3, 2012

    Kevin-Did you see Andy Hall’s post on “Amanda” on his Dead Confederates blog?

    • Kevin Levin Jan 3, 2012

      I linked to it last night in the update section of the post.

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