April 7, 2012
Should John Derbyshire be fired for being an insensitive lout?
If you havent' seen Derbyshire's article in Taki Magazine, you can read it here (be prepared for slow loading). His column deals with the white counterpart to what black American parents refer to as "the talk" they give their children about living in a white world. Some of it is valuable advice. Some of it is stupid. A lot of it is insensitive. And some of it could easily - and is being - construed as racist. To wit: There is a talk that nonblack Americans have with their kids, too. My own kids, now 19 and 16, have had it in bits and pieces as subtopics have arisen. If I were to assemble it into a single talk, it would look something like the following. [...] (10a) Avoid concentrations of blacks not all known to you personally. (10b) Stay out of heavily black neighborhoods. (10c) If planning a trip to a beach or amusement park at some date, find out whether it is likely to be swamped with blacks on that date (neglect of that one got me the closest I have ever gotten to death by...(Read Full Post)