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You maybe heard about the black law professor who published an op-ed in the New York Times expressing the anguish he claims to feel when teaching his kids, as he feels he should, that white people can’t be trusted, and blacks can’t be friends with them. [Can My Children Be Friends With White People?, by... Read More
Berry Library at Dartmouth: not a \"safe space\" for white students, assaulted by \"Black Lives Matter\" demonstrators in 2015.
The Extraordinary Case of Macklin Fleming and Affirmative Action
I recently got to meet social psychologist Lee Jussim [Email him] of Rutgers University. Back in 2001 I had reviewed a book Dr. Jussim had written in collaboration with two other scholars, book title Stereotype Accuracy: Toward Appreciating Group Differences. My review was titled “Stereotypes Aren’t So Bad,” which is more or less the message... Read More
Several listeners to last week’s podcast took exception to my casual dismissing of the idea of racial separation—see “Taking A Knee”—Is Racial Separation The Answer? I had said that separation is no more feasible now than it was in 1862, when Abraham Lincoln urged it on the freedmen leaders he’d invited to the White House.... Read More
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Genuflecting is in the news—football players, mainly black ones, “taking a knee” during pre-game playing of the National Anthem. The most recent example, from this Sunday: teams kneeling before the anthem, and being booed anyway–NFL fans booed players for kneeling before national anthem and standing for it | NFL players tried to show support for... Read More
Good news for David Brooks [Email him] and other guilty white cuckservatives/ liberals everywhere yearning for a nonthreatening black person to gush over: Ta-Nehisi Coates [Tweet him] has a new long article out in The Atlantic this week. [The First White President |The foundation of Donald Trump’s presidency is the negation of Barack Obama’s legacy,October... Read More
On Radio Derb recently I have been promoting a theme of “academic nationalism.” Higher education, I have argued, is a precious resource; and our own citizens should have first call on it. As I observed in the February 17th podcast: I enlarged on this theme March 17th, commenting on an article in The Economist’s bimonthly... Read More
The long (16,600 words) goodbye. For a black view of Obama as he departs the presidential stage, you might be moved to try the article by Ta-Nehisi Coatesin the current (Jan./Feb. 2017) issue of The Atlantic. [My President Was Black] If you are so moved, best set aside an hour for the reading: Coates’ piece... Read More
VDARE.com is an immigration-patriot i.e. restrictionist website. We’re also race realist: We accept that in a multiracial society, different races will inevitably, in the generality, precipitate out at different levels, in defiance of any social-engineering intervention not absolutely totalitarian. Given all that, what do we think about black immigration? I raise the subject because there... Read More
The Cedar Rapids Sweet Corn Festival: When you see these reports, ask \"What COLOR boy?\"
This week we saw some more fruits of Midwestern Nice. By a pleasant concinnity, the scene was Wisconsin’s 4th Congressional District, right up against Wisconsin’s 1st, where Paul Ryan, the Dark Lord of Midwestern Nice, crushed his enemies in last week’s primary. Those two Congressional Districts are considerably different. District 1, Paul Ryan’s, is 91... Read More
Berry Library at Dartmouth: not a \"safe space\" for white students, assaulted by \"Black Lives Matter\" demonstrators in November. Credit: VDare.com.
Living as a white guy in America after having grown up elsewhere, I must say, I don’t see much ill-will towards blacks among my fellow whites. There are traces of it, I know; I read the comment threads. The vast majority of white Americans, however, wish no harm to blacks, nor any restriction of their... Read More
The national appetite for stories—books and movies—about white people being beastly to black peopleis apparently insatiable. A blockbuster of this genre, which I’ve referred to as “Abolitionist Porn”, was the novel and TV movie Roots, back in the 1970s. The book, written by professional black guy Alex Haley, was published in 1976; the TV show... Read More
A photograph buzzing around the internet this week shows sixteen black andmulatto female West Point cadets, in uniform, posing with their fists raised in an apparent tribute to the Black Lives Matter Soros-funded anarchist group. Where there should be comradeship and institutional loyalty, these troublemakers have introduced rancor, division, and victimological whining. That’s not to... Read More
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There have been some later developments in the storm-in-an-academic-teacup over Williams College President Adam Falk [Email him] canceling a talk I was invited to give to the “Uncomfortable Learning” student group. The National Association of Scholars (of which I am a member) has been on the case. NAS is, to quote their mission statement, “a... Read More
"The National Question: Race, Ethnicity, and Identity In the 21st Century"
[As reported here last week, I was scheduled to speak to a student group at Williams College in Massachusetts on Monday, February 22nd. However, the President of Williams College, Adam Falk [Email him] , banned me from his campus on the grounds that I am a speaker of “hate speech.” For updates, check out the... Read More
Radio Derb is on the air–go here to play it, or download the MP3. Excerpt: In last week’s podcast I opined in reference to the Superbowl halftime show that, quote, “The nation’s appetite for anti-white propaganda seems … to be well-nigh bottomless,” end quote. Later in the same segment I confessed that what mainly got... Read More
From the Superbowl to South Carolina, the appetite for anti-White propaganda seems to be well-nigh bottomless. Or at least Thunder-Thighed. Lead singer in this year’s Superbowl half-time show was Beyoncé. Formerly Beyoncé Knowles, which used to get my attention because my mother was aKnowles. I guess Beyoncé and I are related at some level—Hi, cousin!... Read More
’m going to bundle up three stories here, and hypothesize that perhaps they represent a trend: America is edging its way back to segregation—led by blacks. First story. Last week I mentioned the excellent website CampusReform.org,which does great work exposing the absurdities of Political Correctness in our colleges. Here’s another one from them, dated January... Read More
As if Donald Trump wasn’t doing enough to make goodwhite liberals sputter and swoon, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia set off another spasm of PC outrage on Wednesday last week. The Supremes were hearing oral arguments inFisher v. University of Texas You’ll recall that Abigail Fisher, a white lady, sued the University of Texas, claiming... Read More
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A few days ago, I had the honor of sitting at a dinner gathering across the table from James Watson, the world’s greatest living geneticist, joint winner of theNobel Prize for discovering the structure of the DNA molecule. It was a private gathering so I’m not offering any specifics. But I can report that Dr.... Read More
Black Football Players Commit Mayhem And Burglary, Treated Better Than Chanting Whites
OU student running back Joe Mixon: punched a girl so hard he broke four bones in her face and knocked her unconscious. As always in these race stories, there’s a big element of hypocrisy and double standards. This has emerged as the spotlight of national attention and racial sanctimony has swept across President Boren’s university.... Read More
Well, that’s been a depressing few days, hasn’t it? Have you been watching the pictures on TV? Howling mobs of blacks throwing bottles; overturned cars; stores looted and burned; police in riot gear watching passively; black faces contorted with rage; furrowed-brow white liberals excusing, explaining. It’s all too drearily familiar, isn’t it? Newark and Detroit;... Read More
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See also: The Talk: Nonblack Version , Taki’s Magazine, April 3, 2012 and The Defenestration of Derb At the gathering of the Dissident Right group H.L. Mencken Club last weekend I overheard two attendees in conversation both refer to themselves as “stone-kickers.” I didn’t interrupt to pursue etymologies with them, but I assume the derivation... Read More
I spent the month of August far from the madding crowd’s ignoble strife. I therefore missed the Ferguson business, which seems to have featured some seriously madding crowds and strife at a dismal level of ignobility. Hastening to catch up, I purchased the September 1st issue of Time magazine, which has a cover story on... Read More
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The news of Maya Angelou’s passing arrived just as I was bracing myself to write something about Ta-Nehisi Coates’ big cover story inAtlantic arguing that the U.S.A. should pay reparations to American blacks. [The Case for Reparations, May 21, 2014] Well … that’s not actually what Coates is arguing. Of the 57 occurrences of the... Read More
Reading up on the Ukraine in order to say something about it onRadio Derb, I checked the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2013 compiled by the think tank Transparency International. The CPI ranks 175 nations by how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. Ukraine came in at 144, tied with Cameroon, the Central... Read More
One of the commonest criticisms of my infamous April 2012 TakiMag article “The Talk: Nonblack Version” concerned my admonition number 10h: This was, said the critics, un-citizenly and un-Christian. I responded in my follow-up piece that: Later, writing a web page about the fuss the article generated, I further commented that: The misfortunes you can... Read More
As the author of the notorious essay The Talk—which was, lest we forget, a truthful satire of various lying claims by blacks that they have to warn their children about white cops— I’ve naturally been thinking about what to write when the MSM inevitably calls for my views, now that I have been vindicated by,... Read More
My video clip of the week, perhaps the year, is this one of Vincent Stewart, a/k/a/ Reverend X, preaching God’s Word. The whole thing is 13 minutes, but here’s a flavor: (1m26s, responding to a phone-in caller): Repeat it after me, bitch. I come in the name of Jesus by the power of the Holy... Read More
We’ve been hearing a lot about “White Privilege” recently. My question: what about “Black Privilege”? “White Privilege” is not as new an idea as you’d think: Ngram tracks it back to the 1950s, though the frequency curve didn’t turn sharply upwards until the end of the 1980s. Possibly the concept of White Privilege escaped from... Read More
My August 29th column on the effort by Tim Wise to explain away the great imbalances in inter-racial crime stats brought in a lot of email. I’m going to give over a column to dealing with some of the issues raised by readers. Inter-racial crime: The context. It’s hard to overstate the degree to which... Read More
In last week’s Radio Derb I uttered some unkind words about Oprah Winfrey. The week before that, in a VDARE column, I had been uncharitable about the movie Ms. Winfrey has been so vigorously promoting recently and in which she takes a leading role. The movie’s called The Butler and tells the story of a... Read More
Back in 1982 a faction of Lebanese Arabs massacred Palestinian Arabs at two refugee camps in Beirut. The Israeli army, in the neighborhood at the time, was accused of turning a blind eye to the killings. Hearing of this, Menachem Begin famously muttered: “Goyim kill goyim, and they blame the Jews.” Hence my title. NAM... Read More
Some listeners to the Alan Colmes radio show on Friday want to know where I get my figures on interracial crime. From the Department of Justice website, that`s where. For purposes of argumentation, the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) is best, as it is compiled only from victim reports, whether or not the police and... Read More
Of all the comments I read during the brouhaha over my April 5th Taki’s Mag column, one in particular stuck in my mind. I forgot to bookmark it and can’t recall where I read it, so I’m working from memory here. The gist was: I think it’s a good point. An American or a Brit... Read More
Goodness, what a fuss! The topic here is of course my Taki’s Mag column of last week, which has brought me worldwide fame, though no doubt only for the proverbial fifteen minutes. The first and most essential thing to record here is heartfelt, down-on-my-knees-hugging-yours gratitude: • Thanks to the hundreds of readers who have emailed... Read More
Teach your children well.
There is much talk about “the talk.” “Sean O’Reilly was 16 when his mother gave him the talk that most black parents give their teenage sons,” Denisa R. Superville of the Hackensack (NJ) Record tells us. Meanwhile, down in Atlanta: “Her sons were 12 and 8 when Marlyn Tillman realized it was time for her... Read More
I haven't, ever, read many things more depressing than this GQ piece about the gang rape of an 11-year-old girl in Cleveland, Texas. You may recall the story. It surfaced earlier this year. The March 8 edition of the New York Times reported on "a roundup over the last month of 18 young men and... Read More
And what does being good at politics mean?
Reading Seth Forman's book American Obsession: Race and Conflict in the Age of Obama, I got to the part in Chapter 5 about the 2009 incident in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when major-league professional black guy Henry Louis Gates was arrested trying to break into his own house. Seth Forman points out that: "At the time of... Read More
Run, Herman, run
The 2012 general election will, we are told by numerous pundits, be exceptionally "bitter" and "divisive." I guess what they mean is that our Great National Neurosis (GNN) — you know the one I'm talking about — will be on full display. With a deeply unsuccessful and increasingly unpopular black president defending his incumbency, it's... Read More
Laura Ingraham on a sticky wicket.
Ah, reality! That mysterious, untouchable world of mass and energy, of gravity and fire, of genes and synapses. It lurks out of sight there beyond our reach, knowable to us only by the occasional fragments of it that impinge on our senses, and that are then, after much error-introducing data compression and many wasting detours... Read More
And what happens if we can't?
Let's take it as a given that we're heading into an age of austerity. This may not be the case. There is no certainty in human affairs. The secret of table-top fusion power may be discovered next week; the geneticists may come up with something that abolishes both disease and old age, thereby annihilating both... Read More
Well, that was interesting. Last week's two big news stories were both about race: the dropping of all charges against the Duke lacrosse players, and the defenestration of Don Imus. Over in the Mother Country, Prime Minister Tony Blair created a separate kerfuffle by asserting, in a speech, that the very high rates of violent... Read More
Every morning I walk my dog for 25 minutes. That's how long it takes to go round the block, given doggie mental processes ("Gotta sniff this! Oh, wow, gotta sniff this!! Oops — gotta pee! Whew, that's better! Hey, gotta sniff this! …") and the fact that the object of the exercise is not restricted... Read More
Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We Are Afraid to Talk About It, by Jon Entine
By and large, sports events are meritocratic. That is their main appeal. In most other areas of life — in business, in politics, in academic and artistic endeavor, in love and war — there are large elements of caprice, of misjudgment, of chicanery and wild chance, of faddishness, even of corruption. In the lives that... Read More
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John Derbyshire
About John Derbyshire

John Derbyshire writes an incredible amount on all sorts of subjects for all kinds of outlets. (This no longer includes National Review, whose editors had some kind of tantrum and fired him. He is the author of We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism and several other books. His most recent book, published by VDARE.com com is FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT (also available in Kindle).His writings are archived at JohnDerbyshire.com.


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Limbaugh and company certainly entertain. But a steady diet of ideological comfort food is no substitute for hearty intellectual fare.
Once as a colonial project, now as a moral playground, the ancient continent remains the object of Great Power maneuvering