John Derbyshire's Nonblack Racist 'Talk"

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Date Originated: April of 2012
Categories: Racism, John Derbyshire, National Review & African Americans
John Derbyshire wrote an article for Taki's Magazine titled "The Talk: Nonblack Version." The article was a response to reports in the news media of 'talks' given by African-American parents to their children warning them against white authority figures. The article describes 5% of black people as "ferociously hostile". He then advises his readers to avoid settling in black neighborhoods, avoid events that draw large numbers of black people, and refrain from helping black people who seem to be in distress. He also advises white readers to scrutinize black politicians more heavily than white ones, to become friends with the handful of "intelligent and well socialized blacks" for reasons of public relations, and asserts that the average intelligence of black people is lower than that of white people. The column immediately provoked condemnation from across the political spectrum. On April 7, his editor, Rich Lowry, announced that Derbyshire had been dismissed from National Review.
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