Skip to comments.Parting Ways [National Review fires John Derbyshire!]
Posted on 04/07/2012 4:24:15 PM PDT by cartan
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.
The Col. West who jumped the shark on Trayvon Martin case? The Herman Cain who went after Rick Perry over “Niggerhead Rock”? Those race baiting idiots?
I’m not supporting politicians like that, even if it means I’m a “racist”.
I hope your post doesn’t get pulled like 126. I guess the truth was too abusive.
“My primary problem is not with National Review or with Derbyshire, but rather with the characterization of Free Republic as a place where really obvious racist stuff goes up.”
That happens ALL THE TIME. Liberals don’t care about the truth.
If JR posted a screed saying FR doesn’t tolerate racism, the liberals would just roll their eyes and say in a knowing tone of voice, “The more racist the site, the louder the denials. The dog that squeals the loudest is the one the rock hits!”
You are dealing with people who have NO respect for truth. They wouldn’t be liberals if they did...
There will be idiots who occasionally post racist stuff. Free Republic has a policy of removing such when it is reported or caught by the Mods. There is no need to defend Free Republic as being racist because they strive to remove such quickly.
So don't swing at a pitch in the dirt. (Unless you are one of those Limeys across the pond then I say swing away but I'm still never gonna understand about wickets and scoring. I'll just drink your ale and nod and smile as you carry on about it!)
To a liberal, all conservative thought is racist. This is nothing new.
“As satire or parody, his article was pretty good. If it was a serious article, it was rediculous, and theres no way NR could keep him on staff. I dont think its a loss for them, he wasnt a serious conservative writer, and he did a lot of writing that was on the edge of decency.”
Are you saying it was ridiculous because he was running afoul of political correctness? Or are you saying it was riduculous because something he said was not true? If the latter, what did he say that wasn’t true?
Here is the letter I sent to them:
Dear Mr. Lowry and all,
Of course you are going to get about a million and two letters about firing Derbyshire and since youve disabled comments Im sure youre expecting them.
So, heres mine.
I didnt like the piece at all. The tone was dreadful. The advice, however sadly, is sound.
And you know that. Youre not going to let any of your kids go to any rap concerts or to black greek day or to 110th street at night, not if you can help it.
Mr. Lowry your two posts on this are craven.
As to the first, I doubt that everyone at NR disdains his advice to children, per what I said above, Im pretty sure any parents there share his views and convey it to their children, although in far less snarky terms.
As to the second, Derb is not described as a national review writer on the Taki site. So NR is both full of itself and cowardly. We see another conservative site jump when told to by the MSM/Left. They are the enemy, but I guess you dont get that. Even in your exalted position you dont get what I got reading Time magazine in the barbershop 45 years ago. The Left hates America, it hates white people and yeah, it hates NR and it hates you, Rich Lowry. Nothing you do will ever appease them. You could go to Derbs house and beat him to death with your bare hand tonight and it wont be enough, just wait and see.
Ive always been a conservative and if asked to define that further I would say Im a National Review conservative.
But maybe Im not anymore.
I was a little upset when you fired Anne Coulter, but I understood you all felt sandbagged about that piece.
But this is different. You didnt publish this piece, all you really needed to say was we didnt publish it, its Derbs and Takis, its got nothing to do with us.
But no, in true farcical fashion the response is Run Away!!!! coupled with Youre Fired!
We wont beat the left with mettle like this.
I guess Ill have to say Im a Free Republic conservative from now on.
Thanks for your attention to my message,
Except forMark Steyn, they have become geldings..
It's here. It loads, but slowly. Their server isn't up to the sudden traffic. As of a couple of minutes ago, the article had attracted 1972 comments.
Chairman Obama is a Kenyan socialist.
Al Sharpton is a Jew hating pig.
Mee-Chelle Obama is a fat pig of a socialist.
Uh-oh! Now it looks like I’ll never work for NR! Shucks!
Actually, that wasn’t gonna happen anyway. I sent them a writing sample on a lark (wasn’t really expecting much) and they called me a hack in a rejecto-gram email. I guess they don’t like investigative reporting or hard-hitting editorials that make libs look bad.
You come in at reply #135 and that’s all you have?
Ha! Very cool.
“Yes, I’ve seen neo-Confederate and secessionist stuff show up from time to time here, and I’ve jumped on the people when I saw it, but I’ve regarded it as either crazy wackos (which every site has, on both sides of the aisle) or trolls putting up garbage to hurt Free Republic. It is crystal clear that Free Republic does not officially back such things, and rebukes people when racist bigotry shows up.”
Here’s some great commentary.
Klown posse were pc fiscal conservatives who had no clue of culture war and loved queers
I sure did not see them as white racialist
AND, I did the exact same thing when my beautiful, naive 18-year old set off for UC Berkeley. She knew nothing of the dangers of black criminals. An acquaintance in the area filled me in as to the types of crimes committed against whites and Asians and who was committing them. Local blacks from Oakland prey on college students, robbing them of their laptop computers, iPads, iPods, cash and expensive bikes.
I too was called a racist. When I picked up the college girl at Christmas, I noticed her dorm was locked up tight as a drum with a clerk at the front desk buzzing in visitors and checking IDs.
On the front door of the dorm were several “BEWARE” posters of criminals who were snatching purses, backpacks, necklaces and computers — all were black.
She is much more aware now.
And no, I don’t sleep at night.
True. Very true, but calling a vast group of people idiots, and more accurately in this case, barbarians, is so undiplomatic and uncool!
That's why we call pederasts 'happy' or some other nice word.
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