The Derbyshire Debacle
April 8, 2012 Leave a comment
I was deeply saddened to hear that the fantastic writer John Derbyshire has been booted out of National Review for this article he wrote over at Taki’s Magazine (a piece I certainly enjoyed). According to the man himself, after the Trayvon Martin incident: “News and opinion outlets were bursting forth with whiny articles by black writers about “The Talk” that black parents must give to their children, to help them avoid sudden death at the hands of white authority figures. Since rates of black-on-white murder are far higher than those for white-on-black, this seemed to me a hypocrisy that needed puncturing. That was the occasion of my column”.
To be honest, I don’t know how Derbyshire lasted so long at NR considering the articles he was churning out at Taki’s and elsewhere. Its probably a testament to his great talents. I’m sure most will agree with National Review’s decision. Yet I for one am quite worried. Yesterday it was Pat Buchanan, Joe Sobran and Sam Francis. Today it is John Derbyshire. Tomorrow it could be Mark Steyn.
Our enemies, the Cultural Marxists and those on their side have wielded the dreaded label of ‘racist’ to silence and scare decent conservatives. It can lead to the unjustified ruin of a career for a journalist, a Duke University athlete, and a neutered right-wing that ends up doing the left’s work for them. I have not taken an allegation of racism at face value since the whole Duke Lacrosse fiasco. I have also found much to disagree with in the writings of John Derbyshire and Pat Buchanan. Yet I still regard them as great men that deserve a wide audience.
Some day, National Review, in its urge to distance itself from the truly controversial, may end up destroying what makes it a conservative magazine.
UPDATE: Well, Rich Lowry has called Derbyshire’s words ‘indefensible’. This seems comparatively gentle compared to the other mandatory denunciations from the mainstream media. Far rarer than shouts of ‘racist!’ have been actual critiques of what Derbyshire said, and the statistics and factual evidence he provided. Now isn’t that strange?