John Derbyshire, whose writing makes me inclined to re-install the quill meself, has been fired from National Review Online for his noisome Racism. Yes, the neocons at NRO are standing on chairs, pointing and shrieking "RACISS!!!" at Derbyshire, because he dared to publish some observable facts, and extrapolated wise behavior from them. Here we are, people. If you observe facts and behaviors that run counter to What Is Chic and Correct, you will lose your job, your reputation, and your standing in the world. Meh. His article is a counterpoint, white-man's version of The Talk given to young black men by their parents on How To Get Along In The White Man's World. It is disturbing an if meditated upon briefly, may well be found to be an accurate assessment, given the stellar race relations extant at the end of O'bama's first term as President. The race-baiters and racism-floggers like Sharpton and Jackson and their ilk have their antennas tuned for any perceived slight, however contrived or non-existent. The Trayvon Martin case is a classic study. My FaceBook page was rife with terminal cases of Liberal White Guilt standing in solidarity with the Skittles-bearing young man, whose moral standing placed him somewhere between the orbits of Mother Theresa and Mahatma Gandhi. Was it right that he died? I do not know. I was not there. Was it a white guy wot done it? Nope, Zimmerman is a hybrid. It is terrible that Martin's family lost him. It is worse that Sharpton, Spike Lee, and the New Black Panther Party are making hay at their expense.
Was "Derb" ill-advised to write his "Talk"? He is 70-ish, has cancer, and apparently has things to get off his chest. I pray for him and wish him well. AND I am enjoying the stew out of his past writings. Mr. Derbyshire is no white-hooded racist from days of yore. He IS an astute observer, and knows his way around a statistic. If you enjoy his work, think about PayPaling him the $20 a NRO sub would cost. Or $5, or $1. Or pray for him. He is an unbeliever, but a polite one, and I could likely sit in his presence with no discomfort.
He has written of Race. This does not automatically make him Racist. You must judge in your own mind, by your own conscience.