Kevin M. Levin attempts to patronize Sarah Jones of the "New Republic." You can read the exchange here on Twitter if you are a member. I printed it out for my records.
In this conversation he is the expert talking down to Sarah Jones. He also uses his usual tactic avoiding debate on the issues by either questioning the competency of the individual or their right to debate the issue.
You really have to read the entire series this is one example. Not the capitalization of "WHY" and the expression "you would do well to consider."
Levin pulls out what he thinks will flatten Jones by asking whether she has been to Richmond. If Jones hasn't then she is some type of outside agitator. This is the theme of "Sweet Home Alabama" that Jones is an outsider.
Turns out that Sarah Jones is from Virginia and has been to Richmond many times.
Then it is more patronizing stuff.
Levin's patronizing of Sarah Jones is this article by Jones in New Republic.
Levin blogs on this encounter.
Levin is bent out of shape that Sarah Jones doesn't think much of the efforts of the local historical societies and what cliques they make up and of which he is in good standing.
He can't comprehend that some figures in the larger national establishment are just coming out and saying these statues need to go and really don't care what rationalizations or excuses or clever strategems the local historical cliques have come up with.
I wonder how long it is going to be before The Atlantic decides that Levin is retrograde.