On October 5, 2014, I posted the following words on one of the blogs of the AJC in order to announce that I will no longer be posting my thoughts on all of the blogs at the AJC. I do not wish for people to speculate as to why I am no longer posting my thoughts there. I decided to state the truth for myself in order to avoid speculation. Link to the remarks below can be found here:
“I came to blogging so that I could discuss ideas, not so that I could ‘debate’ negative, toxic people such as TD and Astropig. I feel as if I want to take a shower to get clean, once again, after having had a dialogue with people on blogs such as they are. As much as I enjoy the discussion of creative thought and ideas, I do not enjoy dialogue with toxic people. Blogging is just not worth it to me since I have to deal with that caliber of person on public blogs.
I do hope many will remember what I have tried to communicate on various blogs over the years, especially regarding my thoughts that the world’s people are evolving into a more democratic, just consciousness. It will simply take more time, but we, as a world community, will get to that level of understanding, one day.
I will continue to write my evolving thoughts on my personal blog.’
“Please don’t abandon ship. It suggests the scoundrels are winning. We need your intelligent and well constructed thoughts on the blog and they so nicely counterbalance TD1234, Astropig, EdUktr, and the other right wing trolls. Take a breather and come back tough.”
“Thank you for your kind remarks, Ralph, but I have no intention of returning to blogging on any AJC blog. I have had to deal with toxic people on all of the AJC blogs, not only on this one. It is no longer worth it to me, at age 72, to put myself through this. Some of those who have spread negatives about me (for whatever motive) have been progressives, so the venom directed toward me comes not just from rightwing types although the rightwing posters are in the majority.
I made a public announcement because I did not want others to speculate about my reasons for leaving. I have always been proactive. I do not feel that anyone is running me away. I am simply tired of spending time in my life (which is more limited now that I am older) engaging with toxic people, who have, yet, many lessons to learn which I learned many years ago, in the course of my long life. Each person must find answers for him/herself.
Thank you for your kind words. That is so like you, Ralph. Please carry the torch for enlightenment forward on public blogs, for me. I do not believe that my years spent in blogging at the AJC have been in vain.”
You have a very interesting and important viewpoint to express, as a longtime teacher as well as a native white Southern liberal who lived through the Jim Crow era. Often, you have “borne witness” on this public forum to what you have learned about cloaked Southern racism in a way that’s valuable to us all. I regret very much that your voice has been silenced….and still hope this is not a final decision. Keep lurking.”
“Thank you for your kind and perceptive comments, Original Prof. I will probably continue ‘lurking’ to some minimal extent at first, but as time goes on, and as my life continues to take shape in a different, more positive direction, I will ‘lurk’ less and less, I am sure. Much of what is written by posters on the blogs of the AJC are simply repetitive thoughts, posted by the same people whose perceptions never seem to evolve. Continuing to “lurk” would be counterproductive to what I am seeking for the remainder of my life.
It has been a pleasure to interact with you on many of the AJC blogs. I have appreciated your support, and I have enjoyed reading your in-depth perceptions.”