The Derb Gets “Uppity,” Forgets His Place, Gets Fired


Jared Taylor writes:

“But what does it say about our country that even “conservatives”—and only “conservatives”—suffer from such hair-trigger nervousness about race?”

I will take a shot at answering that question: it says that “the Left” is culturally dominant in the United States, especially in the culturally sensitive news and entertainment media, and that “the Left” determines who represents “the Right” by bestowing “respectability” and “legitimacy” upon its own handpicked “mainstream” conservative opposition of gelded Beltway career girls.

What do you call a boxing promoter who schedules fights with nothing but lightweights? Isn’t that what you would call a racket? Maybe a neverending stream of money and energy that flows into a controlled safety valve where it will dissipate and never pose a real challenge to the dominant social group?

“Why is this? Part of it is the vicious double standard that protects every group but whites from “negative stereotypes,” but it is also because no one is afraid of obvious foolishness.”

I wouldn’t call it a vicious double standard. It is more like a single standard. It is a type of racial etiquette.

The Jim Crow South had a racial etiquette. In Black Run Amerika (BRA), everyone knows what happens to White people like John Derbyshire when they go off the racial script. Derbyshire was fired simply because he got “uppity.”

The Derb forgot his place.

Note: Previous generations of White Americans were not conscious that they were living through the “Early National Period” or the “Antebellum Era” or the “Roaring Twenties” or the “Jim Crow South.”

In much the same way, few people today are conscious of the fact that they are living through Black Run Amerika, a distinct epoch of American history that began when Lyndon Johnson uttered these famous words before Congress on March 15, 1965.

Their cause is not our cause. Marching from Selma to Montgomery while singing Negro carols in 1965 gave a bunch of White liberals in the Northern states a thrill up their leg but it didn’t change the underlying physical structure of reality.

Racial differences didn’t cease to exist because MLK had a hallucination on the mountaintop.

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  2. Steyn posts a modest dissent in the Corner, but there is no sign of him leaving. As I expected, the useless McCarthy posted an attorney’s over-long explanation to the tune of Derb-had-it-coming. Still some hope for Steyn, but he should resign.

    Steyn’s post:

    Re: Derb

    By Mark Steyn
    April 9, 2012 2:59 P.M. Comments
    57Andy, for what it’s worth, I regret the loss of John Derbyshire to National Review. Short version: Didn’t like the piece, but don’t think NR should have hustled him into the drive-thru guillotine on the basis of 24 hours of hysteria from the Internet’s sans-culottes. Longer version:

    I didn’t agree with Derb on many things, from Ron Paul and talk radio to God and science. For his part, he reckoned I was a bit of a wimp on what he called “the Great Unmentionables.” He thought that neuroscientists and geneticists’ understanding of race trumped my touching belief in “culture.” I’m not so sure: Why is Haiti Haiti and Barbados Barbados? Why is India India and Pakistan Pakistan? Skin color and biological determinism don’t get you very far on that.

    But I almost always learned something from his columns, and, at a time when punditry is increasingly parochial, I appreciated his range of historical and literary allusion (his recent “Duke of Marlborough moment,” for example). He will be impossible to replace on that front.

    On the career-detonating column, I don’t have anything terribly useful to add. But Derb’s wife is Chinese and his children are biracial. And I can see why, in a world in which a four-time mayor of America’s capital city can disparage your own family’s race (“these Asians coming in . . . those dirty shops . . . they ought to go”) and pay no price, a chap might come to resent the way polite society’s indulgence of racism is so highly selective.

    So I don’t share Andy’s insouciance about how what’s sauce for the MSNBC race huckster, Hollywood address-tweeter and New Black Panther bounty-offerer should be a “hanging offense” for the iconoclastic right-wing gander, and them’s the rules and we just have to accept it. The Left is pretty clear about its objectives on everything from climate change to immigration to gay marriage: Rather than win the debate, they’d just as soon shut it down. They’ve had great success in shrinking the bounds of public discourse, and rendering whole areas of public policy all but undiscussable. In such a climate, my default position is that I’d rather put up with whatever racist/sexist/homophobic/Islamophobic/whateverphobic excess everybody’s got the vapors about this week than accept ever tighter constraints on “acceptable” opinion. The latter kills everything, not least the writing skills of the ideologically conformist: Note how cringe-makingly limp the Derbyshire “satires” are, even in the marquee publications.

    The net result of Derb’s summary execution by NR will be further to shrivel the parameters, and confine debate in this area to ever more unreal fatuities. He knew that mentioning the Great Unmentionables would sooner or later do him in, and, in an age when shrieking “That’s totally racist!” is totally gay, he at least has the rare satisfaction of having earned his colors. Yet what are we to make of wee, inoffensive Dave Weigel over at Slate? The water still churning with blood, the sharks are circling poor old Dave for the sin of insufficiently denouncing the racist Derbyshire. Weigel must go for not enthusiastically bellowing, “Derbyshire must go!” Come to think of it, I should probably go for querying whether Weigel should go.

    NR shouldn’t be rewarding those who want to play this game. The more sacrifices you offer up, the more ravenously the volcano belches.

    PS If Derb’s piece is sufficiently beyond the pale that its author must be terminated immediately, why is its publisher — our old friend Taki — proudly listed on the NR masthead?

  3. I saw it just a few minutes ago.

    The Derbyshire firing eliminated any lingering doubt in my mind about kowtowing to the “mainstream.” The whole episode was a clarifying moment.

  4. Steyn ought not resign. He NEEDS to take up the Derb’s banner. He won’t, gleeful NeoCohen tool that he is.

    There is no Mainstream.

    1) There’s Communist Tyrants, and their
    1a) Vicious thug underlings
    1b) Craven, grovelling worshipful slaves

    2) Whites, and Anti Whites.


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