Racist with an Explanation: Rightbloggers Defend John Derbyshire
"John Derbyshire is not a raaaaacist," said The Camp of the Saints, using the traditional rightblogger shorthand for false accusations of racism. "... Don't buy into the Leftist Narrative being crafted to divert your attention away from the Left's vile behavior in the Trayvon Martin shooting and their attempt to bring down another intrepid soul on the Right."
At Protein Wisdom, Jeff Goldstein didn't see what was so racist about the idea that white people should avoid black people out of fear for their lives.
Derbyshire's article was "honest," said Goldstein, "and as such, it was not sufficiently filtered for a media climate where political correctness still provides the parameters for what is and isn't acceptable."
Goldstein did admit that "as a practical rhetorical matter, I think Derbyshire did himself no favors by singling out blacks" -- presumably if he'd added something about his contempt for homosexuals, people might have taken it better -- and that "his article brought out some unsavory types in the comments -- WHY WON'T DERBYSHIRE TAKE ON THE KIKES?" -- though, Goldstein explained, that had "has less to do with his article and more to do with certain people who are always drawn to such pieces" for reasons no one can understand.
Speaking of people who are drawn to such pieces, Goldstein went on to denounce Eric Holder, Spike Lee, Al Sharpton, people putting "bounties on George Zimmerman," people "who yell 'SCIENCE!' and want to put conservatives in re-education camps," and "the left's control over the social narrative" which has so twisted our discourse that people who hate and fear African-Americans are misperceived as racists. ("I already know I'm not a racist," added Goldstein, though we wonder why he bothered.)
Some tried to paint the corners. Tom Maguire, for example, who has devoted the past few weeks to trying to prove that Trayvon Martin had it coming, said, "a friend of mine (AF) commented that Paul Simon fills Central Park and all is well; Diana Ross draws a crowd and there are near-riots. His thought, roughly - 'gee, go figure.'" The Diana Ross riot was in 1983, and many, many black artists have performed in New York since then without incident. (The Black-Eyed Peas played Central Park last summer and no riot ensued; perhaps Maguire, or "AF," attributes this to the calming presence of Fergie.)
Dan Riehl claimed to have a black friend -- well, to have had one, anyway, in sixth grade, and that this black friend told him, during an interracial squabble at their school, "Dan, you know if this gets bigger and we end up getting pulled in, I have to be with my people, right?"
So this alleged remark proved... well, we're not sure what, but it prompted Riehl to ask, "how much of what Derbyshire wrote is mostly true in a still too significant portion of America's population, black, or white?" as if Derbyshire's hatred of blacks had some lessons for black people besides "John Derbyshire hates you."
Riehl added: "The left is always screaming racism, often even when it hasn't been proven to exist -- as in the recent case of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman. Even the media falsely screamed it. So, along comes Derbyshire and, I don't know, confesses it, on his part? And all the left can do is scream, get him!" Plus, "the left should be thanking Derbyshire for being honest - for confirming so much of what they themselves always seem to be saying." What a bunch of ingrates!
"Some of [Derbyshire's column] is stupid. A lot of it is insensitive," said Rick Moran at American Thinker. But, he allowed, "some of it is valuable advice." For example: "Only the most rabid racialist would say something negative about Derbyshire's warning to his kids to avoid heavily black neighborhoods..." Maybe Moran should go to Harlem and warn all the white folks living up there to run for their lives.
On the "Rightblogger will tell you what the real outrage is" front, Robert Stacy McCain denounced "the Left's attempt to bully [Slate writer David] Weigel for failing to denounce Derbyshire in strong enough terms." McCain showed no evidence of this alleged bullying of Weigel -- he later explained, "I noticed people on Twitter giving Dave Weigel grief" -- but attacked this imaginary retributive movement as "a sort of Maoist tactic, the demand for conformity and solidarity," and shook his fist at the Maoist hordes: "And now the Left's trying to get Weigel fired from Slate? Be careful what you wish for, lefties. It could be worse."
(In 2010, Weigel was forced to resign from the Washington Post for saying mean things about conservatives on a private mailing list. Maybe McCain brought him up as an inside joke.)
Some went into deeper, stranger varieties of denial; Breitbart acolyte Lee Stranahan, for example, tweeted that "Derb's views on race & IQ strike me as profoundly ANTI-conservative ; a product of Margret Sanger-like progressive psuedoscience run amok." Derbyshire as liberal -- well, you can't say it isn't original.
Meanwhile, some guy in Tulsa whose father was killed by a black man (or, as the suspect put it at Facebook, "shot by a fucking nigger") in a family dispute two years ago allegedly went on a black-killing rampage to celebrate the anniversary.
It's early yet, but we're already getting some rightblogger reactions:
"40 year old Pernell Jefferson is serving six years in prison for killing Jake England's father, Carl. That's it?" sympathized Scared Monkeys. "Jake England will be serving the rest of his life for the murders he is alleged to have done."
"The Tulsa Killer (Jake England's) Father Was Murdered By A Black Man 2 Years Ago~WHERE WAS THE OUTRAGE?" yelled The Mad Jewess. "...this happened under the Obama watch." "Lo and behold, this was an entirely predictable retaliatory strike against the Black Undertow," said Occidental Dissent.
"IF it comes out that this shooting had anything to do with the Trayvon Martin issue, then I blame the entire thing on Obama and his henchmen," muttered American and Proud through a mouthful of chaw. "IF They had ties to the Aryan Nation in any way it's a direct response to the hype of Black Panthers/Media frenzy and the democrat party faithful who have pushed for it... The 'Occupy' people were way too white in the streets. They needed to capture some 'Black' anger and get involvement. What we have here is the catalyst."
If Derbyshire starts up his own magazine, he won't have any trouble knowing where to look for subscribers -- or columnists.