From the April 7 edition of MSNBC's Up With Chris Hayes:
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Commentators across the ideological spectrum are denouncing National Review writer John Derbyshire for an essay he wrote recommending that parents tell their children to be wary of black people. This includes Derbyshire's colleagues at National Review, one of whom has called for Derbyshire to be fired.
Derbyshire's essay was published April 5 on the website Taki's Magazine. The New York Observer soon took note of the fact that Derbyshire's recommendations include warnings to "[a]void concentrations of blacks not all known to you personally" and to "[s]tay out of heavily black neighborhoods." The recommendations also include these assertions about black people's intelligence:
The mean intelligence of blacks is much lower than for whites. The least intelligent ten percent of whites have IQs below 81; forty percent of blacks have IQs that low. Only one black in six is more intelligent than the average white; five whites out of six are more intelligent than the average black. These differences show in every test of general cognitive ability that anyone, of any race or nationality, has yet been able to devise. They are reflected in countless everyday situations. "Life is an IQ test."
Liberal sites like Gawker and Think Progress published posts criticizing Derbyshire, and The Atlantic Wire compiled an extensive list of Derbyshire's previous racially inflammatory writings. (Last year, Derbyshire said that he was "on the same page" as Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian who allegedly killed 69 people in a rampage inspired by Islamophobia and other bigotry.)
Derbyshire's essay has also drawn fire from other National Review writers. For instance, senior editor Ramesh Ponnuru tweeted that he doesn't want to be associated with "someone who publishes" what Derbyshire wrote:
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Echoing Pat Buchanan, National Review's John Derbyshire said that in certain respects, he is "on the same page" as alleged Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik.
During the July 29 edition of his National Review podcast, RadioDerb, Derbyshire (who has repeatedly made racially inflammatory comments in the past) said of Breivik's 1,500 page manifesto (which cites Derbyshire): "The upshot of the manifesto is that Breivik thinks European civilization is under threat of being swamped by Muslims and other incompatibles. A great many people think that, including me and a lot of my friends and colleagues."
Even Derbyshire's disclaimer that he doesn't agree with Breivik's decision to resort to violence was offensive. Derbyshire stated that it is wrong to "start murdering those responsible for" the threat to European civilization and their families. Listen to an excerpt of Derbyshire's comments:
DERBYSHIRE: [Breivik] kept a diary and has explained himself in a long, rambling manifesto. I note with interest that my name turns up in that manifesto. I hasten to say that this is not a great distinction. Some of my friends and colleagues are in there too -- Mark Steyn, for example. The manifesto is more than 1,500 pages long. And big slabs of it are just lifted from the writings of various anti-multiculturalist bloggers, all of whom have indignantly denied any affiliation with Breivik.
The upshot of the manifesto is that Breivik thinks European civilization is under threat of being swamped by Muslims and other incompatibles. A great many people think that, including me and a lot of my friends and colleagues.
Breivik further believes that Europe's ethno-masochist leftists, nursing as they do views like Tom Hayden's, are actively working to make this happen. I agree with that too. So far as what's happening is concerned and who's making it happen, I'm on the same page as Anders Breivik and so are a great many Western conservatives.
Breivik also thinks, however, that matters have gone so far that the only hope of stopping the trend is to start murdering those responsible for it and members of their families, including their children. I don't think that and neither, of course, does Mark Steyn or Robert Spencer or anyone else I know in the anti-multiculturalist corner of the political right.
And if you think this is disgusting, thinly-veiled racism, you haven't heard the half of it.
No, you didn't misread that. John Derbyshire, National Review Online contributor, today rehashed his 2003 argument that nonmilitary government employees shouldn't be allowed to vote. Here's today's post, written in response to fellow contributor Pat Sajak's article about how public employees have a "conflict of interest" when voting:
Pat Sajak: "I'm not suggesting that public employees should be denied the right to vote ..."
Go ahead, Pat: say it. I did, back in 2003.
[Quoting 2003 article:] "If you let public employees vote, what do you think they are going to vote for? For more public spending, more government jobs, higher government wages. Can you vote yourself a pay raise? No, and neither can I. Bill Bureaucrat and Pam Paperpusher can, though, and they do. Bill and Pam have no problem at all with ever-swelling public budgets, with ever-expanding public services, with the creeping socialism that is slowly throttling our liberties out of existence."
It's an idea whose time will soon come.
Other conservative commentators, like WorldNetDaily's Robert Ringer, have also advocated taking away public employees' voting rights. Using Derbyshire and Ringer's logic, I guess anyone who uses public services -- like the post office, roads, schools, libraries, police, firefighters -- probably has a "conflict of interest" when voting. So does anyone who pays taxes.
Elsewhere in the 2003 article, Derbyshire writes that public servants should be content with the "privilege" of working for the government: "Working for the State, or the nation, is a great privilege and an honor. It brings with it great security, since States and Nations very, very rarely go out of business. Let privilege, honor and security be rewards enough; let's not gild the lily with fripperies like voting rights."
Lest you think he's kidding, note that public employees are hardly the only group Derbyshire thinks unworthy of such "fripperies." In a 2009 interview with Alan Colmes, he also suggested we'd "probably" be a better country if women didn't vote.
Basically, he's saying our country would be a better place if people who don't agree with him couldn't vote. Who's "throttling our liberties out of existence," again?
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two·fer: "One who belongs to two minority groups and can be counted, as by an employer, as part of two quotas."
From NRO's the corner:
Celebratory Ode [John Derbyshire]
What has been absent from all the rejoicing about the nomination of Judge Sotomayor? Why, a celebratory ode, of course. We humble scribes must supply the deficiency.
All hail the brave and wise Latina!
Compelling is her story!
And jurisprudent her demeanor -
She's on the path to glory!
At SCOTUS she'll make policy
(What need for legislators?)
More jobs! More opportunity!
For twofer second-raters.
Latina wisdom, egged on by
La Raza mischief-makers,
With fill her soul with empathy
(Though not for white test-takers).