Comments for Fragments Against Ruin http://tonywoodlief.com Sun, 21 May 2017 18:59:33 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Comment on Excursus by Daryl J. Clark http://tonywoodlief.com/2017/05/19/excursus/#comment-15589 Sun, 21 May 2017 18:59:33 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5498#comment-15589 I have to say that I was very disappointed after reading your opinion piece in the WSJ title “Charity for All?” Upon seeing the title, I was hoping to read a piece that truly challenged each of us to put ourselves in the other sides shoes and to look at these issues through those lenses. Instead I read an article from a very privileged point of view, one which fostered the “southern pride” argument, was very cavalier of the institution of slavery and critiqued the opposing view points, by citing insignificant errors intended to belittle the opposing point of view. To truly examine this piece I would have hoped you would have asked yourself the question, “What if I were black?” Would I view the “southern pride” argument with the same justification?
If you were black would you not be reminded every time you saw the confederate flag or a monument of a confederacy soldier, of slavery, oppression, Emmit Till, white supremacy, Birmingham Bombings, neo-nazis, jim crow, Greenwood Oklahoma, Walter Scott? Or would you still think about protecting state rights, defending civil liberties and the fallen “heroes” of the confederacy?
My family is from Georgia. They have lived in Georgia since the first step foot, in chains, off the slaves ships. They built America, they died for this country, they were beaten, lynched, sold and have fought in World Wars and in the Persian Gulf War to promote freedom throughout the world. They are Americans, and even after living through their tumultuous past they love this country. However, they do not wish to honor those objects or people that wished to keep them as 2/3 of a person, that whipped them, killed their children, terrorized them and never intended them to become equals. I wish you would have interview these people prior to writing your piece. I wish you would put yourself in their shoes to appreciate their points of view.
Instead of being ashamed of our ugly and brutal history of slavery and oppression, we celebrate these leaders of tyranny. Why do we do this in America? Do the Germans celebrate their Nazi past? Do they have monuments of Hitler? Do they flaunt Swastika flags and tell the Jewish people to stop being sensitive, to have thicker skin, to stop using the holocaust as an excuse for the economic and political ramifications its had in parts of the world? We do not. But why are African-Americans told to do so in this country? We as Americans should be ashamed of our history and keep these reminders in museums and in history books.
The problem with peoples viewpoints of today is that we do not put ourselves in the shoes of others. We are jaded by our own experiences and are ignorant to the many different people and cultures that inhabit this world. We fire back quick, unfounded, uniformed and vile comments which do not take others into consideration, similar to the comment section your article produced. This isn’t me pushing a PC agenda, it’s a call for all of us to think before we act, to remember the things we learned in kindergarten and to treat others the way we would want to be treated.
Finally, I disagree with your statement that “in some important ways the US is less united today than in 1866.” This is an absurd comment and truly belittles the many sacrifices and progress that we African-Americans have achieved in the last 200 years. To come from a period of time where we were treated worse than animals, to today, where I can write this letter and express my point of view, utilizing the constitutional rights my ancestors fought so hard to extend to me is indeed a sign of progress that should never be minimized.
I am grateful that you wrote this piece and provoked thought and discussion on such a difficult topic. You have a great platform to express points of views, inform readers and to teach them about our past. My goal in writing this letter is to challenge you to expand your viewpoint to be more inclusive. By doing so I think you can become a catalyst for open mindedness and understanding that is needed in the conservative community.

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Comment on Things about me by Jeffrey LeVant http://tonywoodlief.com/about/#comment-15588 Sun, 21 May 2017 13:00:56 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/wp/?page_id=2#comment-15588 Nuanced is a word that I continually come back to…your Charity for All? piece couldn’t drive home that point more effectively.

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Comment on Excursus by Danusha Goska http://tonywoodlief.com/2017/05/19/excursus/#comment-15586 Sat, 20 May 2017 14:29:14 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5498#comment-15586 This blog post needs editing.

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Comment on Excursus by Alexandra Moldoveanu http://tonywoodlief.com/2017/05/19/excursus/#comment-15585 Sat, 20 May 2017 10:50:24 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5498#comment-15585 Thank you, this is informative, particularly for a non-American like me. I agree with those who say that what is in the streets and squares is what the State approves of. And so Confederate statues should be in museums. It seems however that it would be best to convince local people to replace them with monuments to Southern personalities not involved in the war. I think how we in Eastern Europe demolished or melted lots of Communist monuments and renamed streets – it would have been wrong to keep those statues and names. This is very different. And yet the monument problem is similar.

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Comment on Maybe We’re Not All Bad by Anonymous Coward http://tonywoodlief.com/2017/04/25/maybe-not-bad/#comment-15573 Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:28:35 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5463#comment-15573 More plausible theory? People are assholes.
It’s a simpler Venn diagram to draw too.

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Comment on Maybe We’re Not All Bad by Woodlief http://tonywoodlief.com/2017/04/25/maybe-not-bad/#comment-15572 Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:46:53 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5463#comment-15572 Thanks Jennifer. I think it has a definite appeal to intellectuals, and perhaps especially to male intellectuals, for reasons that presently elude me but which are perhaps related to the reasons all my female friends hate “What About Bob” and all my male friends hate “Titanic” (except for the ship-sinking part), but I really would love to hear from women with diverse friendship networks to know whether Coyle’s observation can be substantiated past intellectual urban circles.

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Comment on Maybe We’re Not All Bad by Jennifer http://tonywoodlief.com/2017/04/25/maybe-not-bad/#comment-15570 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:53:18 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5463#comment-15570 I’m a woman, but I read this anyway, not least because you told me not to. And I think you’re right. For what it’s worth, I only know two other people who have read Infinite Jest: a woman who hated it and a man who loved it. Both are brilliant and neither is an asshole more than half the time, at least not to my knowledge. But you’re also right that pushing the recommendation on potential romantic partners is guaranteed to be counter-productive.

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Comment on Things about me by Faith Haynes http://tonywoodlief.com/about/#comment-15561 Thu, 06 Apr 2017 13:33:52 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/wp/?page_id=2#comment-15561 Hi Tony,

What prompted me to look up your website is an article which you wrote almost 10 years ago, “The Piece of Christ.” I had liked it so much during the first read in July 2007 that I cut out the page from World magazine. Unfortunately, I procrastinated in filing it, so it got lost in clutter for several years. The other day, I uncovered it. How good to re-read it this morning!

Tony, I’m so sorry to learn of your daughter’s death. How devastating! From perusing through your writings online, it sounds like it upended you and your family. My heart goes out to you all. When grief drives you to despondency, the Lord knows your frame. He is mindful that you are but dust, and has compassion on you in your suffering (Psalm 103:14). May His comfort hold you tight.

You had written in “Piece of Christ” that you lived in Wichita. Were you there when the late singer Rich Mullins lived there? So many of his songs still minister to me. His song “Hold me, Jesus, I’m shaking like a leaf” is so raw, yet blesses me when I go through raw times. I pray that that message will bless you as well.

Sincerely,
Faith

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Comment on Things about me by Susanne http://tonywoodlief.com/about/#comment-15556 Sat, 01 Apr 2017 03:09:05 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/wp/?page_id=2#comment-15556 I think you are a great writer. Looking forward to this blog.

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Comment on Yes, you’ve come to the right place by Aaron Householder http://tonywoodlief.com/2017/03/30/yes-youve-come-right-place/#comment-15555 Sat, 01 Apr 2017 02:19:35 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5416#comment-15555 Happily broken. I’ll be quoting you.

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