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Breaking News: National Review Fires John Derbyshire

by Rodan ( 23 Comments › )
Filed under Breaking News, Conservatism, Special Report at April 7th, 2012 - 6:57 pm

National Review has fired John Derbyshire.

Anyone who has read Derb in our pages knows he’s a deeply literate, funny, and incisive writer. I direct anyone who doubts his talents to his delightful first novel, “Seeing Calvin Coolidge in a Dream,” or any one of his “Straggler” columns in the books section of NR. Derb is also maddening, outrageous, cranky, and provocative. His latest provocation, in a webzine, lurches from the politically incorrect to the nasty and indefensible. We never would have published it, but the main reason that people noticed it is that it is by a National Review writer. Derb is effectively using our name to get more oxygen for views with which we’d never associate ourselves otherwise. So there has to be a parting of the ways. Derb has long danced around the line on these issues, but this column is so outlandish it constitutes a kind of letter of resignation. It’s a free country, and Derb can write whatever he wants, wherever he wants. Just not in the pages of NR or NRO, or as someone associated with NR any longer.

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23 Responses to “Breaking News: National Review Fires John Derbyshire”
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  1. coldwarrior
    1 | April 7, 2012 7:50 pm

    lotsa links and stats in that article.

    i’ll have to re-read it later, but after a quick skim, i don’t see anything incorrect or not supported by studies/facts.


  2. Da_Beerfreak
    2 | April 7, 2012 8:00 pm

    I read the Derbyshire article. It was honest. :twisted:

    You must never tell the truth about Baby Doc Baraq’s people. :evil:


  3. 3 | April 7, 2012 8:09 pm

    I don’t like TakiMag, and I object to anyone posting anything there. But anyway -- we’re talking about this specific article.

    Derb’s article itself just sums up the logical conclusion of his views on race as he’s been espousing them for a decade. If you didn’t know he thought all this, you haven’t been reading him.

    NR knew full well all along what Derb thought. They just hoped he wouldn’t get all explicit about them. They just hoped he wouldn’t say … what Buckley himself used to say in the 1950s.

    NR’s editor Rich Lowry is a coward and poltroon. We knew this from his statement about Sharpton in the case of Trayvon Martin.

    I haven’t yet got into what I think about Derb’s views… I’ll just say, from personal experience and from independent study, I share them.


  4. The Osprey
    4 | April 7, 2012 9:03 pm

    Derb straddles the line between Paleo and Neocon and he has done that balancing act well for some time, but I guess that last article was just a little bit two much for the National Topsider crowd.


  5. The Osprey
    5 | April 7, 2012 9:05 pm

    pimf too


  6. EBL
    6 | April 7, 2012 11:39 pm

    So why does Marion Barry still have a job? Check out the comment I copied from The Atlantic. Amazing.


  7. mfhorn
    7 | April 8, 2012 12:18 am

    @ EBL:

    Racism by blacks or other minorities is perfectly fine.


  8. 8 | April 8, 2012 12:46 am

    @ The Osprey:

    I’m neither a paleo nor a Neo. I am a Jacksonian on foreign policy. I reject isolationism and nation building.


  9. garycooper
    9 | April 8, 2012 7:06 am

    @ coldwarrior:

    I grew up in the whiter suburbs of Detroit, but my wife spent most of her formative years in racially-mixed parts of Detroit. I gave her the article to read, and her informed opinion can be summarized as, “That’s just common sense advice. Of course, you’re not allowed to say it in public.”

    The people getting most exercised and faux-outraged by Derbyshire’s piece are the ones who don’t deal with black-dominated urban regions on a daily basis. Anyone who does, would recognize the truth in this piece. Personally, I’ve been working in a racially-mixed environment since I’ve been an adult, have lots of black friends and acquaintances, and find the latest round of race-baiting hucksterism so disgusting I’m tuning it out. Does anyone else recall Jesse Jackson’s famous quote about walking in the city at night, seeing a person approaching, and getting very frightened until he sees that it’s a white person? Yeah, that one doesn’t get a lot of play from the libturd-MSM. :roll:


  10. Speranza
    10 | April 8, 2012 9:46 am

    He fired himself.
    I grew up in a racially mixed neighborhood and yes you needed survivor skills at the Junior High School I went to.


  11. huckfunn
    11 | April 8, 2012 9:51 am

    I read the article and really didn’t see anything that I could disagree with. I don’t know about his IQ stats or where they come from but everything else seems to be in line with my general knowledge and experience. An observation: Whenever I’ve watched race riots on TV and there are thousands of people burning and looting, I always wonder how many of those people actually have criminal records. Some? Most? All? I generally come away with the notion that while many of them have criminal records, there are many who are swept up in the mob mentality and justify their actions with the idea of “it’s my turn”.


  12. John Difool
    12 | April 8, 2012 9:53 am

    I’m suprise CJ hasn’t claimed victory and taken credit for Derbyshire’s firing yet.


  13. huckfunn
    13 | April 8, 2012 9:58 am

    Speranza wrote:

    He fired himself.
    I grew up in a racially mixed neighborhood and yes you needed survivor skills at the Junior High School I went to.

    All of the schools I went to up until the 9th grade were segregated. When we moved to Alamogordo, NM, I had to fight the blacks or Mexicans just about everyday coming home from school. Again, the mob mentality. Some of those guys that I was fighting weren’t really bad guys when they weren’t with the mob.


  14. coldwarrior
    14 | April 8, 2012 1:14 pm

    honest national conversation about race?


  15. Buckeye Abroad
    15 | April 8, 2012 2:10 pm

    I would say Mark Steyn’s time there is limited then.


  16. coldwarrior
    16 | April 8, 2012 2:19 pm

    Buckeye Abroad wrote:

    I would say Mark Steyn’s time there is limited then.

    Ye God’s, Man!

    We can’t let the cat out of the bag like Mr Derbyshire did! What next? A serious debate about race? Certainly not, we would lose our grounds crew AND kitchen staff if they suddenly were to get wind of this!

    Best Regards,
    Coldwarrior
    President, BGGCC
    Chair, Awards Committee


  17. 17 | April 8, 2012 2:23 pm

    huckfunn wrote:

    I generally come away with the notion that while many of them have criminal records, there are many who are swept up in the mob mentality and justify their actions with the idea of “it’s my turn”.

    Sadly no, Mob dynamics are in fact the release of rational thought and the emotional part of the brain taking complete control over the individual. Individuals swept up in the hysteria of a mob do not rationalize their actions, they simply act. The psychic energy of the mob becomes an intoxicant so powerful that it overrules the morals and ethics of the individual and becomes at it’s height, nearly impossible to escape. It takes a powerfully rational mind to not succumb to the hysteria of the mob psychosis.


  18. The Osprey
    18 | April 8, 2012 3:52 pm

    coldwarrior wrote:

    honest national conversation about race?

    Rich Lowry has just proven Eric Holder right. Derbyshire’s article could have been the kickoff to some helpful debate on NR. Instead Lowry knuckled under to the SPLC crowd and the Charles Johnson’s of this world.


  19. 19 | April 9, 2012 8:17 am

    I think the piece was brutally honest and, as far as I can see, on solid factual ground. It’s arguable whether it was advisable or helpful in that I’m sure this is all unspoken knowledge in the “black community”. I don’t know whether Derb’s brave or foolish but anyone who’s read him for any length of time knew this piece was inside him.

    I don’t think NRO had any choice but to let him go -- true or not, the content of the piece is not something one would say in polite society and they do have to consider what’s written under their masthead.

    I can honestly say that I lived “colorblindness” (as much as any of us can) but now struggle with racist feelings on a daily basis and, at 58, it’s a very new feeling for me. Every “Nike riot”, “McDonalds melee” and “woman sells baby for double cheeseburger” story I hear just confirms these ugly feelings. There’s something terribly wrong in the “black community” and it’s quickly getting worse instead of better.


  20. 20 | April 9, 2012 9:01 am

    @ MacDuff:

    I prefer to judge people by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin, and by that standard many in the “black community” are falling down. You can see that in the Martin-Zimmerman case. Even people like Bill Cosby, whom I usually respect, have bizarre takes on this. Cosby was actually stating that without a gun Zimmerman would have been afraid to confront Martin, and that that would have been a good thing. Hey, we should live in fear of the little thugs? Sorry, but I don’t think so. The more that comes out, the more obvious it becomes that Zimmerman was in the right, and that Martin was a little gang-bnanger wannabe who picked the wrong man to try to intimidate and then beat up.


  21. 21 | April 9, 2012 9:56 am

    Iron Fist wrote:

    @ MacDuff:

    I prefer to judge people by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin, and by that standard many in the “black community” are falling down. You can see that in the Martin-Zimmerman case. Even people like Bill Cosby, whom I usually respect, have bizarre takes on this. Cosby was actually stating that without a gun Zimmerman would have been afraid to confront Martin, and that that would have been a good thing. Hey, we should live in fear of the little thugs? Sorry, but I don’t think so. The more that comes out, the more obvious it becomes that Zimmerman was in the right, and that Martin was a little gang-bnanger wannabe who picked the wrong man to try to intimidate and then beat up.

    Alas, blacks are over represented in just about every negative statistic and underrepresented in just about every positive one. Whites have tried to solve black problems and have succeeded in exacerbating them. We avert our eyes to horrifying crime/murder rates within black communities, the wholesale slaughter of young black men and boys, yet give larger than life coverage on the rare occasion when a non-black pulls the trigger.

    The “Great Society” planted the seeds to the monster we see before us and there’s no way to combat it. Until blacks see that the social program web is entrapping them instead of supporting them, they’ll not escape. They need to want more and be willing to do what’s necessary to get it -- their path to success is the same as yours or mine.


  22. The Osprey
    22 | April 9, 2012 2:11 pm

    I hear Rich Lowry is going to replace John Derbyshire with Charles Johnson. :lol:


  23. 23 | April 9, 2012 4:00 pm

    How about replacing Mark Steyn with Gus 802? I hear he could use the paycheck.


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