That Racist Strain of Conservatism

07 Apr

Update – Conservative periodical National Review as cut ties with John Derbyshire – firing him this morning.

The bigot crew is at it again – this from John Debyshire who was last run out of the woodwork when he threatened to kill Chelsea Clinton.

White Columnist: Be Smart, Avoid Black People

Conservative columnist John Derbyshire has unleashed a fury of criticism from both the left and right over advice he dispenses in Taki’s Magazine to white and Asian parents. It’s a list of things they should tell their kids to keep them safe from black people, or what he calls the “non-black version” of “the talk.” Samples:

  • “A small cohort of blacks—in my experience, around five percent—is ferociously hostile to whites and will go to great lengths to inconvenience or harm us. A much larger cohort of blacks—around half—will go along passively if the five percent take leadership in some event. They will do this out of racial solidarity, the natural willingness of most human beings to be led, and a vague feeling that whites have it coming.”
  • “Avoid concentrations of blacks not all known to you personally.”
  • “Do not attend events likely to draw a lot of blacks.”
  • “The mean intelligence of blacks is much lower than whites. …”

Here’s a quick sample of reaction:

  • Josh Barro, Forbes: Derbyshire also writes for National Review, and Barro thinks editor Rich Lowry should fire him immediately. “Why should black Americans take him seriously while he’s employing Derbyshire?”
  • Matt Lewis, Daily Caller: “In one fell swoop (actually, Derbyshire has a history of flirting with this sort of thing, but it has finally caught up with him), he has done more harm to the conservative cause than any liberal ever could.”
  • Elspeth Reeve, Atlantic Wire“To present himself as a cool social scientist, every single bullet point contains a link to some sort of source based in facts. … This is how he’s able to give the most dated racial stereotypes the veneer of respectability.”
  • Jonah Goldberg, also of National Review, via tweet:“For the record, I find my colleague John Derbyshire’s piece fundamentally indefensible and offensive. I wish he hadn’t written it.”

Meanwhile – there appears to another “Zimmerman” in Tulsa –

Four shootings in north Tulsa may be connected; three dead, two hurt

Police believe that four shootings that left three people dead and two others injured at separate locations and times early Friday were all connected in what they are calling an “unprecedented” event.

Lead homicide detective Sgt. Dave Walker said police were able to tie the shootings together because of the similarities in what the victims were doing when they were shot, when they occurred and their proximity – within three miles of each other in north Tulsa.

All of the victims were walking through neighborhoods when they were shot, Walker said.

“There is no forensic evidence to link at this point,” he said. “Timing and location lead us to believe they may be connected.”

Police are still trying to determine the circumstances surrounding the shootings but don’t believe the victims knew each other.

Because all the victims were black, the local chapter of the NAACP and other local black leaders met Friday evening in an effort to calm unrest while promoting safety.

Police had found Dannaer Fields, 49, lying wounded in a yard in the 1000 block of East 51st Place North shortly after 1 a.m. Friday. She later died at St. John Medical Center.

Three minutes later, police found two men with gunshot wounds in another yard two blocks to the east. The men were taken to St. John Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital in critical condition but were expected to survive, police said. Their names were not released Friday.

At about 1:50 a.m., officers found Bobby Clark, 54, in the street with a gunshot wound in the 300 block of West 63rd Street North. Clark later died at Hillcrest Medical Center.

At about 8:30 a.m., officers received a call about a body in the 800 block of East 36th Street North, said Capt. Steve Odom. Police discovered William Allen, 31, lying in the yard of Jack’s Memory Chapel funeral home with a gunshot wound to the chest, Odom said. Allen was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Friday afternoon detectives went back to the neighborhoods where the shootings occurred to speak to residents again, Walker said. Detectives were working through tips and leads they had received and were able to discern that a white man driving a white pickup might have been involved.

No further descriptions of any suspects were available.

The NAACP Tulsa president, the Rev. Warren Blakney Sr., said Friday night that “we’re very concerned” that someone was evidently “targeting black people to shoot.”

“I’m on edge for my people,” Blakney said at a meeting at the North Peoria Church of Christ, 2217 N. Peoria Ave.

When asked if he believed the shootings were racially motivated, Blakney said that when there are reports that someone “systematically shot black folk, what is one left to believe?”

Still, Blakney and Tulsa City Councilor Jack Henderson encouraged people to remain calm while also being cautious this weekend.

Henderson said people should not let “some crazy, deranged person mess up their weekend,” but he added that the community “needs to watch their backs” until the perpetrator is caught.

Blakney said “we want to make sure our people are going to be safe” and encouraged them to stay away from people they don’t know.

Henderson said he has been assured that Tulsa Police have dedicated a lot of officers to focus on this case as a “24/7 round-the-clock deal.”

Blakney said that “there’s no need to become a vigilante.”

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