The Spoiled Brat: The Life and Times of Derek Black

Editor’s Note: After it mulling it over for two days, I’m hitting publish. In the final analysis, if I was writing shit like this in The New York Times, I would expect the same treatment. Next up, I will address the Alt-Crackpot.

Derek Black is grandstanding again in a new article in The New York Times:

“I could easily have spent the night of Nov. 8 elated, surrounded by friends and family, thinking: “We did it. We rejected a multicultural and globalist society. We defied the elites, rejected political correctness, and made a statement millions of Americans have wanted to shout for decades.” …

I never would have begun my own conversations without first experiencing clear and passionate outrage to what I believed from those I interacted with. Now is the time for me to pass on that outrage by clearly and unremittingly denouncing the people who used a wave of white anger to take the White House. …”

Can we talk about Derek Black now?

In his own words, Derek is “clearly and unremittingly” denouncing us in the pages of The New York Times. When he wrote that letter to the SPLC in July 2013, we felt so bad for his father that we let it go. It was a painful and humiliating moment for the Black family. As angry as we were with Derek, no one wanted to rub salt in that wound. We were stunned that he was willing to do that to his own father and betray his own family – just to cite one example, embracing and sucking up to the people who have repeatedly attempted to get his mother fired from her job – in such a public way.

If Derek Black had wanted to quit the White Nationalist movement, he could have followed in the footsteps of countless people before him. He could have just disappeared. Even if he was bent on pursing an academic career and needed to put his past behind him, a simple “I am no longer a White Nationalist” would have sufficed. If he wanted to live his own life, nothing was stopping him from doing so. Not everyone who is born into the White Nationalist movement grows up to be a political activist. Thankfully, Derek disappeared for a few years and we were able to move on and forget he ever existed. It has been a fruitful time for the rest of us since his abrupt departure, but now he has resurfaced in a public forum and has chosen to reopen a matter we had hoped was settled.

After Derek fell off the radar screen in 2013, we occasionally heard rumors about his new life on the other side as an anti-racist:

“The Business Standard News has discovered that Derek Black is now living with a black girlfriend named Sharkeshia Johnson, wearing braids and going by the name “Darshaun.” He is also trying to launch a rap career under the name, White Chocolate. …”

Maybe it was true. Maybe it wasn’t. We laughed about that one in private. We wondered if it was true that Derek had transitioned into Darshaun aka “White Chocolate,” but as far as I know no one anywhere brought that story up in a public forum.

A few months ago, I was informed by the SPLC that they were working on a story about Derek’s departure from the White Nationalist movement. They were putting together a timeline. It struck me as odd that they would be bringing up such an old story. I figured there was about to be a new development in the Derek Black story. Sure enough, Derek resurfaced a few weeks later in a puff piece in The Washington Post:

“Their public conference had been interrupted by a demonstration march and a bomb threat, so the white nationalists decided to meet secretly instead. They slipped past police officers and protesters into a hotel in downtown Memphis. The country had elected its first black president just a few days earlier, and now in November 2008, dozens of the world’s most prominent racists wanted to strategize for the years ahead. …

For the next few hours, Don was in disbelief. Maybe Derek was pulling a prank on him. Maybe he still believed in white nationalism but just wanted an easier life.

Derek called back, and this time his mother answered. She said that she didn’t want to speak to him. She handed the phone to Don, and his voice was shaky and tearful. Derek had never heard him that way. “I can’t talk,” Don said, and he hung up again. …”

It was a feel good story for the Lügenpresse.

At the time, we were in the heat of the presidential election in October, so I let that story pass without comment as well. There were far more important things to write about going on in the world than the return of Derek Black. I assumed the upcoming SPLC story would be nothing but a rehash of the puff piece. It wasn’t.

“Regardless, it looks like it took just five days for Derek Black to completely escape the racist movement later that summer. On Friday, July 12, 2013, Derek applied to have his name legally changed. The following Monday, July 15, Derek emailed his denunciation of the racist movement to the SPLC. The next day, Tuesday, July 16, 2013, Derek withdrew $125,000 from the Charles Schwab IRA account of Stanley Paul Ratliff, a retired banker and major Stormfront donor who had died six weeks earlier at the age of 75.

As a result, by August 2013, Derek Black was out of the racist movement, working on his Master’s degree at a university far away from Florida, living under a new identity with a six-figure bank account to support whatever he wanted to do next. …

Derek was asked if he truly wanted nothing more to do with Stormfront or white nationalism (WN) how could he, in good conscience, accept such a large sum of money from one of the most generous racist moneymen in the movement. …”

The SPLC published that story on November 3 … on the eve of the presidential election. Again, there were far more important things going on in the world at the time. The revelation that Derek had cashed in a $125,000 IRA from the estate of a dead Stormfront donor the day after he denounced White Nationalism in his open letter to the SPLC did explain a throwaway comment in The Washington Post story:

“He decided to trust the U.S. government. He started drinking tap water. He had taken budget trips to Barcelona, Paris, Dublin, Nicaragua and Morocco, immersing himself in as many cultures as he could.”

That’s how the little bastard was doing it!

Derek has spent the last three years using the $125,000 to travel the world like a lil’ red-headed Anthony Bourdain … Barcelona, Paris, Dublin, Nicaragua, even Morocco. He sat in a South Florida restaurant, mounted his high horse, and lectured his poor father about “white privilege” while taking money from wealthy White Nationalists which he has used to finance his bohemian multiculturalist lifestyle!

I never knew Derek Black. I crossed paths with him one time at the 2010 American Renaissance conference. I don’t think I ever exchanged more than a few words with him, but I remember forming the impression that he was socially awkward in contrast to his half-sister who was normal and outgoing. I didn’t think much of it at the time. After all, the White Nationalist movement is full of shy autistocrats.

Three years later, I got married and in doing so crossed paths with Derek again. As it happens, my wife dated Derek when she was a teenager. She practically grew up with him. My in-laws have known Derek virtually his entire life. Thus, it goes without saying that I have heard many, many stories about Derek over the last three years.

Without giving too much away, the overall impression I have formed is that Derek was like the most sheltered child anyone had ever seen. I’ve heard stories like how Derek didn’t even know who The Beatles were. His father doted on him and bought him his own radio show to make him a star. His mother once sacrificed buying a new dishwasher after her old one broke down and bought Derek a banjo instead.

When my wife broke up with him years ago, he wrote 10 songs about it and recorded a studio album which he sent to her house. Back then, he was a delicate, romantic and sensitive soul – the kind of punk a puff of wind would blow over. It was an early warning sign of what was coming down the road.

“Then he hung up and went back to the dorm to play Taylor Swift songs on his guitar or to take one of the college’s sailboats onto Sarasota Bay. …”

This one has the ring of truth, doesn’t it? I can picture him playing Taylor Swift songs on that sailboat with either a guitar or a faggy ukelele. No wonder he became a liberal. His inner ideological toughness was always out of sync with his exterior weakness.

Even now, after all he has said and done, there are still people who instinctively want to shelter Derek from his criticism. They’re praying for him to return to the fold. He’s still being treated like a privileged little brat. Of course that is his whole problem to begin with. His whole life people have been making excuses for him, praising him, coddling him, telling him he is a genius, etc. A good ass-kicking somewhere along the line would have done wonders for him and would have been a much more valuable education about how the world really works than anything he learned at New College. White Nationalists also paid for his college education, but that never comes up in his reflections on “white privilege” either.

Why is he suddenly back now? If Derek spent $40,000 a year for three years, it is possible he has already blown through the $125,000 IRA he cashed out in 2013. Maybe he is finished with graduate school and has realized that there isn’t much of a job market for Medieval scholars? Instead of moving on with his life, he’s back with his third iteration of “Why I Left Nationalism,” which is his second hot take on that subject in two months. My best guess is that if Derek had another $100,000 to spend from wealthy White Nationalists donors it would have bought us at least another two years of peace and quiet!

Again, why is this spoiled, ingrateful little brat publicly humiliating his family all over again? Is this the Derek we are going to be dealing with for years to come? Is Derek on the professional rat career path now? It’s bad enough to betray your own people. It’s even worse and more contemptible to watch him betray his own family because he has sucked on the movement tit his entire life and needs a job.

This one’s for you, Derek. No exceptions!

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  1. Derek always came off to me as sheltered and gay. His father and Duke catered to an outdated form of WN in my opinion. Derek is just a man who was sheltered his entire life, went off to college, and ultimately tried to fit in and not be his father. That’s all.

  2. I felt sorry for his parents, because I like and admire Don and Chloe VERY much. Their daughter is absolutely wonderful! A total sweetheart!

    The problem is that Derek was spoilt rotten, and he still is being spoilt rotten. The Blacks have to let him go…..but he’s their child, and I don’t think they are emotionally capable of cutting him loose. This is horrible for them. They are the only people he’s really hurting. Who else cares about a thing he does? Is he relevant at all to White advocates? Nope. Do Normies care? Nope? His SJW friends will dump him, the second they think he’s ceased to be off any use.

  3. Honestly. That is what happens when you shelter your kid.

    I grew up in a city, hanged out with people of all colors, and ultimately decided that WN is a justifiable movement. Derek never had the chance to come around to WN, but was forced in it by his father. That is the problem. People like me who grew up in diversity come to WN with a different perspective then someone like Derek.

    Personally, I don’t hate other people because of skin color, but I believe Europeans have a right to exist.

  4. Derek is basically endorsing the agenda of the SPLC and NYT, both of which are known for their anti-white bias. You can’t claim to renounce “racism” and then go and embrace the SPLC. It doesn’t work that way.

    My bet is that he realized he would personally benefit from betraying his father. He knew that unless he did it publicly his life would be more difficult because of his past beliefs and who his father was. It’s a shame, but that’s the kind of anti-white world we live in.

    • In all likelihood he’d run out of the money from the rich Nazi racist and had nothing else going for him. Perhaps he thinks he can cash in by becoming a professional traitor. Karma’s gonna get ya.

      • If you’re disloyal, lazy, back from a years long holiday and broke, what better career than anti-White cuck pundit?

  5. So, Storm Front donations paid for his nice trips and private College up through grad school?


    And he has the nerve to denigrate his own parents and financial supporters?

  6. Tying this in with the broader dysfunction of the movement:

    The white race has, what, a billion people in it? And many billion more ancestors past and descendants yet to come?

    And, laughably, it’s supposed contemporary “vanguard” puts an outsized weight on so-called personal relationships (their families are a hot mess, typically, but not their fake friendships)

    Spencer should have nuked the seig heilers within seconds or minutes from the podium, but he could not because they were his personal “friends”. Even now he let’s Enoch walk all over him. (remember also that his “friends” tried to obfuscate by blaming two jews and an asian woman! dishonor! cowardice!)

    Racial policy, probably even more than for smaller groups, must be driven by the “cold equations”. I recall fondly a campy movie based on the Book of Revelations wherein the Chinese General quips “we can lose half a billion people and still remain strong.”

    There are times in history where the leader has to be able to make that call or all is lost. We are not there now, but what about when Trump starts deporting “criminal” illegal aliens? That’s could be in, what, 6 months or so? Hopefully, the white “vanguard” can reorganize and get our heads back in the game. We’re going to win, after all, but the price has yet to be determined.

    • Dysfunction of the movement? You mean as opposed to the Bruce Jenner’s and Dennis Hastert’s of the other movements? Go to a professional sporting event. Go to a scientific convention.

      Why do so many imply it is only WN that has misfits or persons not guaranteed rock solid?

  7. Derek and April Gaede’s twins illustrate why it is best for Pro-White activists out of any White Nationalist Limelight while they are underage. I am not saying that WNs shouldn’t do their best to make sure their children remain proud of their own heritage and instill as much racial realism as they can. But don’t draft them into any activism before they are out in the real world.

    I can understand Derek Black’s decision to break publicly with Don Black over White Nationalism. There was no way he could just quietly leave White Nationalism and disappear, expecting to be forgotten in favor of a Fashier WN like Richard Spencer. Don putting Derek on a radio show and encouraging him to run for political office when he was so young made leaving quietly impossible because it made Derek infamous. That’s on Don.

    But Derek’s decision to pick a major which he realistically couldn’t make a living off of is all on Derek. How many jobs are there available for people who major in Medieval Studies? Maybe he hoped he could be hired as a professor some where and get tenure. That was stupid. The only living he can hope to make is being an Anti-White activist. That field is too overcrowded and only a special (((few))) like Tim “White Like Me” Wise can live large doing it.

    I also believe that the average White is suffering major Negro Fatigue right now and pretty much fed “up to here” with SJWs. As Hunter pointed out, the Alt Right themes are so popular that more mainstream “Alt Lite” outlets like Breitbart had to appropriate them to generate revenue. So taking the SJW route was incredibly bad timing on Derek’s part.

    I think, once this thing really takes off and Derek realized there is no future in being a SJW, Derek will want to come home and Don will expect that he be welcomed back like the proverbial prodigal son, because Derek is his little princeling. I hope WNs simply ignore and shun Derek even if he starts spouting acceptable WNist doctrine again, because he doesn’t strike me as a man who as any core convictions.

      • The children of conservative authority figures like generals and police commissioners often turn out to be rebellious brats.

        Why the name “Clytemnestra”, if I may ask? Do you have a son named Oedipus?

  8. I started to type something out, but decided to not inject my analytical/clinical skills into the mix. Since Derek was born into this life and had to suffer through most of the idiocy and ignorance that came to define Stormfront, I’ll just consider him a brainwashed POW who got caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    As it happens, my wife dated Derek when she was a teenager.

    I remember they were in Nashville once—I think I remember that correctly. All I’ll say is that they didn’t look right together.

  9. Derek Black showed a lack of forethought when he took the money and ran.

    He needed to think up some original and persuasive reasons for turning anti-white. Instead he just repeated a lot of anti-white talking points that everyone is bored with and that anyone familiar with his father had already heard refuted, repeatedly.

    Even if he had tried to come up with new doctrine and the attempt was bad, he could have tried to improve it later. That would have given him something to talk about, as a professional anti-white.

  10. There is nothing worse than a traitor to one’s own kith and kin. I’d rather my sons grow up to be queers than traitors.

  11. No one did this to him but himself. Maybe he will be attacked by some blacks when he has to prostitute himself for money. He is worthless and weak.

  12. This is terrible, pathetic, but not really that unusual.

    It’s just never a good idea to do 24/7 American White nationalism. Just raise your children to be decent people, without too much politics, give them the John Derbyshire “The Talk”, but try to make them child WN “leaders”. They will usually betray, renounce – particularly if their is $ and positive things like trips, press coverage.

  13. It disappoints me that he counters the alt right with liberalism instead of leftism. (in other words Trump is evil because he rides white anger, not Trump is suspect because of his class position).

  14. It contains IMO a very important, if not the most important, lesson for the WN movement, namely :
    Or, more generally, pro-diversity. I.e.: why is there not an extreme opposition to the race-mixing agenda. Why are Whites so dense towards all argumentation of race-realism
    -> so, the reason is: CURIOSITY !

    What is the POC in the White country: they are a zoo. Whites like exoticism. They travel the world and marvel the colorful life in asian cities etc. Whites are open to learn, to emphathizse. We are interested in other cultures and see what we can learn there for our own ways.

    It is decisive to understand this White character trait. Because: no matter how much the White cherishes exoticism, he yet wants a place for his own, without google. Proof: self-segregation, White flight. THAT tells the truth, not theories and confessions about tolerance

    -> so: an agenda for White racial consciousness cannot just badmouth the google because that simply doesn´t fly with the White. The agenda needs to invoke a multiracial NEIGHBORHOOD !, the actual, mundane contact and confrontation, as it is THAT that is uncomfortable and insufferable !

    The White is no race-hater, he doesn´t hate or despise POCs per se. The White hates to actually live together with the POC ! Note: this is a crucial difference ! And pro-White, anti-immigration propaganda / argumentation needs to absolutely understand and respect that !

    P.S.: people like Derek Black will soon come back to the WN cause as soon as they make actual real life experiences. I.e. not contact in unrealistic situations as is college, or some vacation places, but real-life. Reality creates the White racialist. It´s also a question of duration. The country boy loves the city; for 5 years. Same with race-relations.

  15. “Get out before it ruins some part of your future more than it already irreparably has.”

    This line is the only thing I consider true. They can destroy people they hate.

    If I didn’t know any better I would swear that the WaPo story about Derek was a parody. The guy who wrote it made sure to dot all the “I’s” and cross all the “t’s” with all the clichés he fantasizes about when it comes to white people. He also made use of this BS column to engaged in the sandwich smear by trying to tie Trump to Derek. Years ago, the media tried this trick with Ron Paul when Derek had a picture taken with him and Paul.

    A real mental weakling and a coward as well.

  16. Pushing your children to become prominent dissidents isn’t a very nice thing to do for them. Not surprised he went off the deep end. Wonder what happened to those two singing blond girls Strom used to endlessly gush about? Thought their mom was doing them a disservice to so publicly give them a mark on their resume with that silly Vantard song and dance act, they might well rebel against that too.

  17. It’s fucken laughable when white people try to play the victim. Yes it’s true one day only white people will exist lol . Quite fucking your family members and you might have a chance!! Get er done!

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