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What was your first thought on seeing that video clip of the white cop shooting the fleeing black perp? Mine was: “What fresh lie is this?” The point of reference here is the Trayvon Martin case of three years ago, when NBC doctored George Zimmerman’s conversations with his dispatcher to make Zimmerman sound prejudiced. (The... Read More
I’ve been observing the onward march of Cultural Marxism for a whole quarter-century now, and been writing about it for a dozen or so years. It seems to me the pace of hysteria has been picking up since the start of this decade. Outrageous violations of CultMarx norms that got all the Great and the... 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
Hope, our grandmothers told us, makes a good breakfast, but a poor supper. My guess is that where hope for convergence of the races in America is concerned, it’s around 6 p.m. on that schema. Not suppertime yet, but it’ll soon be getting dark. This gloomy thought was inspired by a couple of news stories.... Read More
Chinatown memories.
I’ll be speaking to the American Renaissance conference at the end of this month. (What, you haven’t signed up yet? Still time!) Title of talk: “China, America, and the Chinese in America.” I should be able to work some topical references into the last part, what with California state senator Leland Yee having apparently brought... Read More
I see I have once again made the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch Headlines. They link to RightWingWatch.org, who caught me hatefully spewing hateful hatefulness in an interview I gave to blogger Joseph Cotto: Let me pause briefly to wonder how it is that Cultural Marxists get all the dot-org websites, then allow me to... Read More
Look, it’s no fun being the designated race reporter at Taki’s Mag. When I joined the contributor list I ticked “opera critic” as my preferred slot on the masthead. Then I got into one of those dumb spin-the-bottle games with Jim, Gavin, Kathy, and Mandolyna, lost four times in a row, and ended up assigned... Read More
This week marks the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. I have no recollection of the 1963 event myself, but I have good excuses for not remembering: (A) This was not my country at the time; and (B) I was in the Styrian Alps. Well, this is my country now,... 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
Well, thank goodness that’s over. Some themes from the political and social commentary are still hanging in the air, though, like wisps of smoke after a brushfire. I’ll note a few before they disperse on the breeze. Zimmerman is not racist! The creepiest, most sinister theme has been the stories about the FBI investigation of... Read More
There’s been more than the usual amount. Some reflections. Zimmerman. “It’s hard to find a sympathetic character in the entire saga,” opined our editors about the Zimmerman trial. Oh, I don’t know. I’m quite sympathetic toward Zim. He thought he’d be an active citizen, helping to keep his neighborhood safe. The poor sap thought he... Read More
We all had a lot of fun at the American Renaissance bash the other weekend. A disproportionate amount of the fun was provided by vlogger Paul Ramsey, whom I recommend for consideration when your next corporate function, birthday party, or bar mitzvah comes around. At one point Paul mocked the little knot of anti-racist protestors... Read More
Here is an old Soviet-era joke, from the subgenre in which dimwitted peasant Khruschev plays Costello to smart seminarian Stalin’s Abbott. This joke is a slur on the noble Romanian people, whose hospitality I once br
As a child during the 1950s in the factory city of Bridgeport, CT, I constructed a social hierarchy that corresponded to where I thought the town’s ethnic groups belonged. I doubt that I arrived at these rankings on my own. More likely, I absorbed them from my parents or schoolmates. My distinctions were remarkably detailed... Read More
Unwanted guests in France and Korea.
Did you ever have two different news stories collide in your head, leaving both with dangling fenders, shattered headlights, and leaking radiator fluid? I did, just this week. Exhibit A is the Korean pop singer who calls himself Psy. This is the chap who made that “Gangnam Style” video, which at the time of this... Read More
In a solemn 2010 convocation of well-heeled feminists in Long Beach, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg shared her hope for an all-female Supreme Court. Although in the bad old days there were only “nine men serving on the bench,” explained Ginsburg, now with the appointment of Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, “we’re all over the bench”... Read More
As promised last week, here is Part II of random ruminations on my fifteen minutes of worldwide fame six months ago. But first a housekeeping note. Some commenters and emailers have wondered if there is a transcript of Bob Weissberg’s speech to the American Renaissance conference in March. I don’t believe there is, but in... Read More
This coming weekend marks the six-month anniversary of my fifteen minutes of worldwide fame. To mark the occasion, I shall give over this week’s and next week’s columns to some random ruminations on the event, its aftermath, and the race business in general, collecting my thoughts under a few general headings. Truth… The first thing... Read More
Orwell nailed it.
The country of my birth no longer much resembles the country of my birth, mainly as a result of mass immigration. Britons were already grumbling about the influx of Third Worlders in my student days back in the mid-1960s. Thanks to a nifty little app put online by the Office for National Statistics over there,... Read More
On a call-in radio program recently, we had been airing my infamous assertion in a Taki’s Magazine column back in April that white people should avoid large concentrations of blacks as likely to be dangerous. A caller asked me why I would not be similarly fearful of a large concentration of whites. I made the... 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
I hadn’t read The Smithsonian for years. Back in the 1970s I actually subscribed to it. That was in the days when Stephen Jay Gould contributed columns to the magazine. I liked Gould’s columns. They were witty and informative. At that point I did not know that Gould was a Chomskian-left activist and scientific fraud.... 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
There is a story, very likely apocryphal, that shortly after Charles de Gaulle resigned France’s presidency, he and his famously prim wife were entertaining some American guests at their country house. Not all the guests knew French, so conversation was somewhat of a struggle. De Gaulle knew English well, though he rarely spoke it; his... 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
Unlike Rich Lowry’s predictably PC response to John Derbyshire’s controversial article on what parents should tell their kids about race, I was less than “appalled” by it. John’s judgments are not entirely mine, and unlike my good friend I probably would stop (and I hope my grown-up children would stop) for a black person stranded... Read More
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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
The madness of our age.
Here is a thing that Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, said the other day. The subject here is the riots that devastated London and other English cities last summer: Here is a thing that the New York Times said on Tuesday, March 20. The subject here is the shootings at a school in Toulouse,... Read More
I was just reading Eric Dondero's revelations about the time he spent working as personal assistant, campaign co-ordinator, and senior aide to Ron Paul. Dondero denies or plays down Paul's rumored offenses against political correctness, but has a few things to say that are giving liberals the vapors none the less. On homosexuality, for example.... Read More
Are Asians smart enough to be the new Jews?
A couple of years ago I mooted the notion of an Arctic Alliance, the peoples of north Eurasian origin (Europeans, Russians, Chinese, Japanese), with their 100-or-so mean IQs and low fertility rates, pooling resources to defend their civilizations and territories against demographic inundation from further south: from, that is, the ululating hordes of Islamia with... 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
Jim Goad, in his comments about the “Fear of an Erudite White,” says just about everything I could have said about Jared Taylor and his new book, which I’m still reading with increasing admiration for its author. I agree that one can’t praise Jared sufficiently for his Southern courtliness, verbal brilliance, and willingness to speak... Read More
On January 30, the New York Post took a dig at Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who was accused of “rewriting history” by uttering the following statement about Black History Month: One may fault Michele for falsely attributing slavery’s abolition to the Constitution’s authors. These venerable gentlemen referred to slaves as non-free “persons” but decided not... Read More
A Q&A with Jared Taylor.
Jared Taylor is the originator and editor of the American Renaissance website and monthly newsletter, which offer news, reviews, and opinions from a race-realist perspective. AR's 2010 annual conference last February was sabotaged by leftists phoning in death threats to employees of the conference hotel. Nothing daunted, Jared has scheduled the 2011 conference for this... Read More
Biggest race shakedown ever.
I'm not easily shocked by cynicism, dishonesty, and moral cowardice from politicians. I lived through the Clinton administration, didn't I? I must say, though, that this Pigford business has left me wondering whether there is anything on earth our congresscritters won't do so long as the doing of it (a) will enrich the Trial Lawyers... Read More
Hating your own kind.
Well, not really a musical, nor even just the lyrics to a musical. The piece under discussion is, though, definitely not plain prose; so musical-wise, we have the beginnings of a start here. I am referring to Tim Wise's furious rant on Daily Kos the other day under the title "An Open Letter to the... Read More
Controversy recently erupted when Rick Sanchez, whom CNN subsequently sacked, noted that Jews have a disproportionately large influence on the media. Attempts at disproving his assertion have been fitful and unconvincing. But perhaps I’m not being fair to the critics. The facts that Sanchez was canned and that the New York Post’s Andrea Peyser denounced... Read More
May I quote myself, please? Thank you. Just so. You can stick a pin at random into the land portion of a world globe and be pretty sure you have found a place that is vexed by diversity. Consider for example New Zealand. You don't hear much about New Zealand. The place slumbers away quietly... Read More
The new invisible man.
In July 1939 George Orwell published a review of Clarence Streit's book Union Now, which proposed that the fifteen big, modernized, democratic nations — the U.S.A., France, Britain, etc. — unite under a federal government. The combined strength of this union, Streit argued, and the attractive openness of its politics, would make it invulnerable, "even... Read More
The narcissism of small differences.
Strange things are happening. In the stifled, constipated political discourse of the modern West, there are quite wide categories of facts that are rather obviously true, but which it has for decades been considered gross bad manners to mention aloud. Now, suddenly, we are seeing those facts printed in respectable organs of news and opinion.... Read More
Refusing to marry a black-white couple.
I see Keith Bardwell has resigned his position as Justice of the Peace down in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana. This is the fellow who, back on October 6, refused to marry a mixed-race couple (white lady, black gent). As a defiant serial miscegenator myself, I was naturally attentive to this story. What's one to make of... Read More
Although Justin and I have been friends for many years, and allies against the neo-Trotskyist scourge, fairness compels me to note his overstatement of my critical remarks about Jared Taylor. It was not my intention to treat Jared as a representative of leftist victimology. I was simply commenting on the reactive character of his white... Read More
Today the American media, politicians of all stripes, and public educators will invariably fall into rapturous tones describing the black leader whose birthday is then being celebrated, namely, Martin Luther King (1929-1968). King’s birthday is the only national holiday devoted to an individual American whose public observance has been commanded by Congress, and in 1983,... Read More
Last week I got into a discussion with my older son and a neighbor (who is an economics professor) concerning the social positions of John McCain. My son, who tried to convince us that McCain would be a less dangerous president than his Democratic opponent, went through the supposedly conservative stances McCain had taken while... Read More
Although I might otherwise enjoy continuing my dialogue with Justin, he and I plainly operate in such non-parallel universes that any further discussion between us must lead into a semantic snag. For example, I don't really know what he means when he identifies those who notice disparate IQ averages as 'racialists' or when he reveals... Read More
Although Justin is entitled to his opinions about the 'pseudo-science of racialism' and the towering intellectuality of Obama, I feel compelled to respond to his misrepresentation about what I wrote. I did not attribute to him the view that 'race is destiny' and in fact I've no idea why he thinks that I did. What... Read More
Since Justin showed me the courtesy of responding to my objections to his statements about Hillary-voters in West Virginia, I am herewith returning the favor. Because of the brevity of my blog retort to his commentary, it seemed necessary to add these words in order to make my views explicit. Like Justin I find those... Read More
Category Classics
The unspoken statistical reality of urban crime over the last quarter century.
Are elite university admissions based on meritocracy and diversity as claimed?
What the facts tell us about a taboo subject