Racist screed from prominent conservative pundit widely condemned, even on the right

If John Derbyshire has ever been welcome in polite society, those days would seem to be over.

HERE‘s why:

John Derbyshire is likely best known as a contributor to National Review, though he became the target of intense revulsion this weekend for something he wrote elsewhere– at Taki Mag, Derbyshire decided to share the “talk” he had with his children about race. In short, his piece argues that all white children should be taught that black people are dangerous, unintelligent and to be avoided at all costs.


The backlash has been so wide as to be as close to universal as a disjointed media can put together…At Forbes, Josh Barro argues that, without firing Derbyshire, it is near impossible to take serious any of the National Review’s commentary on race (he cites in particular an article by Rich Lowry), since they apparently think someone like Derbyshire is worth publishing. Elspeth Reeve at The Atlantic Wire tries to rationalize the fact that Derbyshire is a person with a career in writing things about the way the world works:

“The trick to pull off is how to give what those less enlightened readers want — and thereby secure their money either through subscriptions or contributions — while still maintaining an air of respectability.”

…Matt Lewis writes in the Daily Caller: “In one fell swoop… he has done more harm to the conservative cause than any liberal ever could.”

…[A] number of National Review colleagues have been unequivocal in denouncing the article, even though it did not appear in that publication. Senior Editor Ramesh Ponnuru answered simply “I know I don’t” to a Twitter user asking whether the National Review wanted to be associated with “racist trash” like Derbyshire’s article. Editor-at-Large Jonah Goldberg tweeted: “For the record, I find my colleague John Derbyshire’s piece fundamentally indefensible and offensive. I wish he hadn’t written it.” Editor Rich Lowry responded to the post on the National Review site: “Needless to say, no one at National Review shares Derb’s appalling view of what parents supposedly should tell their kids about blacks in this instantly notorious piece here.”


1 Comment

  1. Carol Foster

    Maybe the gentlemen did his fellow Conservatives a big favor by showing them who they don’t want to be in print or anywhere else.
    It’s the outrageous that brings us back to our center and tells us we’ve been moving forword in race relations because we deplore what not long ago would have been acceptable.
    I don’t plan to think all Conservatives feel as Mr. Derbyshire and he needs to say one giant “sorry” to them as a group for suggesting his example is Conservative parenthood teaching at it’s best.

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