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Parting Ways [National Review fires John Derbyshire!]
NRO ^ | 2012-04-07 | Rich Lowry

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.

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To: achilles2000

“I suspect that the “black culture” manufactured by the sociopathic elements of the black community elevated to leadership by the media and liberals has caused black IQ to deteriorate.”

I’m not disagreeing with you, but you cannot let the Public Schools and the Teachers’ Unions off the hook for the disasterous state of the intellect and knowledge among black people today.

I can sometimes think it was all a part of a big, commie plot, to dumb down the American people, deprive them of any sense of civic virtue and then keep us all, black and white and all the rest, under the boot heel of government.

Or, maybe they are just stupid and greedy. I’m really not sure, but they are very much to blame, at least in part.

201 posted on 04/08/2012 8:34:59 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: Mr Rogers
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...

Very good post. A pack of hyena's will get their prey to tire itself out by running away in the direction they want it to run and tire itself out, the prey will do their work for them. The RINO run "head the tall grass" instinct leads to the GOP carrying out the left's agenda.

202 posted on 04/08/2012 8:36:59 AM PDT by fallujah-nuker
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It was a mis-use of statistics to suggest a larger problem than really exists, in order to justify a wholesale treatment of a race of people differently because of the actions of a few.

It was the basic fallacy of the stereotype. So there was one incident in a theme park. Does that mean that you need to avoid ever going to a theme park anywhere if you find out there is a “minority” event at the park? That’s what Derb wrote, and it’s absurd — and frankly, it is a racist statement.

I think we are in a civil war in this country, because of race, but I don’t think we need to give into the war. We need to end the war.

203 posted on 04/08/2012 8:43:59 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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Late to the party, but after reading 200 replies I will say this. IMO, far too many on this thread, and on FR, are so naive about race relations in this nation that it can't be attributed to anything but willful ignorance or the lack of a will to survive.
When the Obama-Wright connection came out, the statements that they had “...set back race relations (pick a number) years” that appeared here on FR would irk me and I would tell those FReepers that they were naive. Today, I normally just shrug and move on. But after reading Derbyshire’s article the other day, I feel he should be commended for his (thankfully) un-PC, accurate and truthful words. I have lived my life by those words and I survived nearly 60 years of living in “the most diverse county in the US” and working, day and night, for almost 10 years in the streets, basements, backyards and rooftops of Harlem, el Barrio and Washington Heights as a middle aged white man of average build....often alone. Today I live in WV. Does the fact that this state has a 94+% white population have any bearing on my move here...youdamnbetcha. Does this make me a racist?....I don't know....and I care less.
I've survived and I will continue to survive until my Maker decides otherwise....but I will not jump in front of the speeding bus that passes for racial tolerance in this nation in order to find out His decision
204 posted on 04/08/2012 8:56:32 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: heartwood

The trophy-hunting, and the accusations of racism if they are not encouraged, are real, and you were wise to warn your daughter.

It is a simple fact that I have been harassed by black men quite a bit, and that they do so in a way that’s more....I don’t know, predatory?.....than white men. That’s thirty years of my experience, and it might be uncomfortable and un-PC, but there it is. A black guy sneered at me once, “What’s the matter? Don’t you like the black meat?”

I’m in my 40s and I still see it. Just the other day, I was doing some shopping in Kroger, and there were two young black guys in the front of the store, with the baggy pants down around their hips, and one of them was dancing, with no regard for the people who were trying to get around him. Of course no one had the nerve to speak up-—might seem racist. I needed to get past, so I said sharply, “Watch out!” and walked between them so they had to move. One of the guys muttered something, but all I could make out was “Hey baby, why don’t you-—”and then a security guard walked up and they moved on.

It’s a fact of life, and I’m not going to pretend it isn’t so that I can seem more tolerant.

205 posted on 04/08/2012 9:16:35 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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To: darrellmaurina


You’ve earned your Politically Correct Merit Badge.

206 posted on 04/08/2012 9:21:33 AM PDT by Pelham (Marco Rubio, la raza trojan horse.)
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To: cartan
Dogs/fleas. Serves him right for taking money from those weasels. That rag is more Stalinist than THE NATION.

They've hated him since he opposed the Iraq war. This is a way to silence him for good and ruin his career with a nasty smear. Like they did Joe Sobran.

By the way - he actually served in the military. He's not Rich and Jonah's type.

207 posted on 04/08/2012 9:38:40 AM PDT by Forgotten Amendments (Let's name a law after a kid who died because of CAFE standards!)
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To: jocon307

Well put, Sir!

208 posted on 04/08/2012 10:01:39 AM PDT by cartan
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To: heartwood town - this upscale exurban high-achieving paradise that all the newcomers picked for its good schools - which is code for what most of them will never say aloud or even let themselves think.


209 posted on 04/08/2012 10:16:10 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Real men are not threatened by strong women." -- Sarah Palin)
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Bermuda used to be such a place.

But the murder rate increased by a factor of ten in the last decade, no idea why.

210 posted on 04/08/2012 10:26:25 AM PDT by heartwood
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Derbyshire’s decades old anecdote about the theme park was silly; his tone was offensive in much of the essay.

But the sad truth is, we are often not talking about the actions of “a few.” When one third of Baltimore’s young black men are under the supervision of the criminal justice system, that is, awaiting trial, in jail, or on probation, and there are others who have never been caught or who have served their time, we are not talking about a few, a small fraction.

Granted that some of that number might be innocent and unfairly charged or convicted. Granted that some of that number might not have committed crimes against persons or property - just smoking marijuana perhaps - although that is such a small offense an over-worked criminal justice system tends to let it go.

It is not a small number, and Baltimore is not the only city with a similar fraction of young black men with criminal histories.

211 posted on 04/08/2012 10:34:30 AM PDT by heartwood
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To: don-o

#2 NR fires Derbyshire.

212 posted on 04/08/2012 10:43:18 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.)
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To: jocon307

Yes, government education and the “teachers” unions have played a major role, but it isn’t limited to blacks. They are destroying everyone’s children. It is worse for black children because of the special pathologies of black culture.

213 posted on 04/08/2012 10:43:40 AM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: heartwood; CharlesWayneCT
Derbyshire’s decades old anecdote about the theme park was silly; his tone was offensive in much of the essay.

Which one of these is silly?

Beat Whitey Night

Stabbing at National Zoo During African American Family Day

Teen fights, especially among girls, force early closure of north Alabama water park

Police Shut Down Wave Country Due To Unruly Crowd

There are many others to choose from...

214 posted on 04/08/2012 10:54:45 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: CatherineofAragon

Take Derbyshire’s advice and find another store to shop in that doesn’t tolerate that kind of intimidating behavior and let the management of the store know the reason you’re leaving.

216 posted on 04/08/2012 11:04:10 AM PDT by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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