Why, as a black person, I applaud John Derbyshire’s race article

Posted on April 7, 2012


The eponymous publisher of Taki mag is a convicted felon, known coke fiend and out and out racist to boot. As such it comes as no surprise that the columnists he has writing for his online rag are of a similarly unpleasant vein.

John Derbyshire’s article is one of the most depressing articles on the state of Western society that I have ever read. As I’ve written here in the past, prejudice and racism have always existed. I’d argue if we want to combat it, or even work with it, then we have to understand the factors that cause it. But for all my attempts at objective reasoning , Derbyshire’s article is a slap in the face.

Some, including Forbes magazine, are now calling for Derbyshire to be fired. To me this seems like a counter-productive move. He was writing in a publication for ignoramus, run by ignoramuses – there was no slip-up here – his comments are an expression of his considered view on race relations.

Despite the many flaws of the liberal democracy in which we live the right to free speech should not be undermined. In fact I applaud John Derbyshire’s article because it answers, in a manner far more damning than I could ever hope to achieve, every accusation that black people have a chip on their shoulder, choose to play the race card or that race is no longer an issue because there’s a black man in the White House.

In a world in which white children are educated on race relations by parents like John Derbyshire the, oft used and consistently damaging, argument that we are living in a post-racial era or that it’s possible for minorities to choose when and when not their race is an issue is shown for it truly is – utter rubbish.

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