It's no wonder the GOP has a major problem with the issue of race when you hear this. Surely John Derbyshire did not just wake up, write this offensive column and it was the birth of his racism. The National Review had to know him since he wrote there often enough but they failed to take action because his racism was not that far off from mainstream conservative views.
Isn't it rather odd that the National Review's editor praised Derbyshire at the same time as he fired him? If only Derbyshire could keep his racist rants within acceptable limits, perhaps? Very strange. It should not be that difficult to say that the writer is offensive and unacceptable and leave it at tha rather than including praise. The Guardian:
Derbyshire, who has previously described himself as a racist and homophobe, wrote the column in the form of "advice" to his teenage children on how to stay safe when around African Americans....NOTE FROM JOHN: I just read the article, and wow. I don't know what I was expecting, but I certainly didn't expect what I got. It's far worse than folks are depicting. For example:
"If planning a trip to a beach or amusement park at some date, find out whether it is likely to be swamped with blacks," Derbyshire wrote.
There are black saints and black psychopaths. In a population of forty million, you will find almost any human type. Only at the far, far extremes of certain traits are there absences. There are, for example, no black Fields Medal winners.I'm sure past prejudice has nothing to do with that. Oh but it gets worse:
Do not settle in a district or municipality run by black politicians. [Note from John: I guess that means Derbyshire is leaving America - good riddance.]Read the rest of the article yourself. I don't think I've ever heard anyone say to not help a black person in distress. Wow.
(10g) Before voting for a black politician, scrutinize his/her character much more carefully than you would a white.
(10h) Do not act the Good Samaritan to blacks in apparent distress, e.g., on the highway.