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The Timely Meditations of John Derbyshire

April 8th, 2012 at 2:33 pm by Brian

4/12 Update:  Derby Badger don’t care what you think and isn’t apologizing.  So n’yah.

Eric Holder infamously said, I’m paraphrasing here, that we’re a nation of cowards because we will not discuss race in this country.  After the John Derbyshire pogrom conducted this weekend, who can blame us?  He wanted to start a conversation in Taki Mag and what resulted was the usual reflexive cries of racism from the Left and the completely predictable rush to distance themselves from the hint of controversy from the Establishment Right.

So the stain of having Derbyshire work for NRO for all of these years is wiped away by his Shirley Sherrod-esque termination?  Vox Day was right.  This was a true profile in courage by the NRO crowd in between their apple-tinis. It’s like NRO is edited by a legion of David Frums.

In the piece, Derbyshire (whom I only ever previously read his “Impromptus” column at NRO  correctionI never read Derbyshire – ed.) proposes a fictitious “talk” that white parents should have with their children about and around the “complexities” shall we say in dealing with blacks in this country.  Oh, you have “a talk”???  What a coincidence!  We have a talk as well.  Not terribly unlike the “talk” blacks have been having with their children about how everybody and the system conspires against them.  Which is worse?  Rather, which is least socially acceptable?

We have our answer.  Goose, gander, sauce, et. al?  Not quite.  One is celebrated as an unfortunate necessity and rite of passage in the New York Times and the other is heresy and professional suicide though in many ways they are both rooted in the same self-preservational prejudices.

Does no one remember Je$$e Jackson’s old comment about how, at his age, he feels relief to discover that it’s a white person walking behind him down the street rather than a black person?  Obviously a self-hating racist.

This is certainly not an endorsement of everything in Derbyshire’s column which I would label as intentionally provocative and many portions that I do not agree with at all but as long as everyone is having “the talk” let’s agree that there are two sides to that conversation.  Blacks have a reason to fear the police.  We all do.   No one cares when police abuse white people though.

Oh poor, pitiful white person.  Are those police abusing your rights?  Here.  Let’s sit down with Oprah and talk about how bad whites have it in this country.  That’s how that conversation would go should anyone pursue it.  Which they won’t.

On the other hand, Derb engaged the statistical side of where the real victims are in terms of racial violence in this country.  Whether you’re yellow, white, black, beige or magenta – you are more likely to be victimized by someone who looks just like you the majority of the time.  The myth of white on black violence pales to the reality of black on white violence as everyone saw in the Christian-Newsome murders which did not warrant even a fraction of the attention of the Trayvon Martin case despite being two torture murders over the course of days with a level of cruelty reserved for a snuff film at the hands of subhuman filth that are now getting a new trial because the judge was a pillhead.  Where’s Je$$e and Al and Ben Jealous for this one?

Derbyshire laid his prejudices out on the table as an open invitation to a discussion.  Not seeking converts or acceptance.   If this nation is a country of cowards because we won’t talk about race, Derbyshire’s firing is evidence that it’s not because we won’t talk about race but that we can’t because the politically correct powers that be come after your job first and an honest discussion of the issues never.

Somehow, Derb didn’t think to put that point on his list.

Meanwhile, Al Sharpton was invited to White House for Easter today.  Because provocative, potentially racist opinions are not tolerated in polite society in this day and age.


2 Responses to “The Timely Meditations of John Derbyshire”

  1. Craig Kincannon Says:

    “Impromptus” is written by Jay Nordlinger for NRO. Other than that…spot on.

  2. Brian Says:

    Dammit. All these white people’s names look alike to me. Thanks for pointing that out Craig. And inadvertently pointing out how little I’ve been reading NRO since Buckley died.

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