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Apr 09 2012

John Derbyshire’s Thought Crime

Writing at Taki’s Magazine, National Review’s John Derbyshire listed some observations that it would be irresponsible not to share with your children regarding the differences between average blacks and average whites:

Of most importance to your personal safety are the very different means for antisocial behavior, which you will see reflected in, for instance, school disciplinary measures, political corruption, and criminal convictions.

These differences are magnified by the hostility many blacks feel toward whites. …

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.

In light of these observations, any Caucasian would be a fool not to heed the following advice:

Avoid concentrations of blacks not all known to you personally.

Stay out of heavily black neighborhoods. …

Do not attend events likely to draw a lot of blacks.

If you are at some public event at which the number of blacks suddenly swells, leave as quickly as possible.

Do not settle in a district or municipality run by black politicians.

Failure to heed these words of wisdom could very easily cost you your life. But issuing this warning has cost Derbyshire his career.

He compounded his thought crime with this:

The mean intelligence of blacks is much lower than for whites. The least intelligent ten percent of whites have IQs below 81; forty percent of blacks have IQs that low. Only one black in six is more intelligent than the average white; five whites out of six are more intelligent than the average black. These differences show in every test of general cognitive ability that anyone, of any race or nationality, has yet been able to devise. They are reflected in countless everyday situations. “Life is an IQ test.”

There is a magnifying effect here, too, caused by affirmative action. In a pure meritocracy there would be very low proportions of blacks in cognitively demanding jobs. Because of affirmative action, the proportions are higher. In government work, they are very high. Thus, in those encounters with strangers that involve cognitive engagement, ceteris paribus the black stranger will be less intelligent than the white. In such encounters, therefore — for example, at a government office — you will, on average, be dealt with more competently by a white than by a black. If that hostility-based magnifying effect is also in play, you will be dealt with more politely, too. “The DMV lady” is a statistical truth, not a myth.

Eric Holder is right about one thing: when it comes to race, we are a nation of cowards. Rich Lowry, Derbyshire’s boss at National Review, denounced his piece as “appalling” without attempting to refute a single word of it. Sites like Redstate hysterically screeched for Derbyshire to be fired. They soon got their way.

It is not possible to have an honest, intelligent, or even sane conversation when the limits of permissible thought are narrowly set by liberal ideologues and exclude factual reality.

On tips from Fiberal, BlahBlahBlah, Infidel Joe, Bob Roberts, AC, G. Fox, and SR.

41 Responses to “John Derbyshire’s Thought Crime”

  1. Zorro says:

    It’s a shame National Review and Red State have become Demonrat lite, thought police agencies.
    I appreciate John Derbyshire’s observations and will keep them handy for reference.

  2. Dr. 9 says:

    Well, i won’t have to bother reading National Review any more. (except for Thomas Sowell) If there’s one thing i detest, it’s cowardice, especially when it’s brought on by political correctness and pandering. Perhaps Lowery believes NR has a large black audience? Yes, i know there are black Conservatives, but i doubt their small numbers would keep the NR alive.

  3. CB says:

    I once got in quite a bit of trouble for pointing out that Death Penalty states also have a higher concentration of Blacks than non death penalty states who commit a disproportionate amount of criminal activity that results in Death sentences.

    How dare anyone point out the facts! How shocking! How scandalous!

  4. Dr. 9 says:

    That video depicts behavior which is typical of young blacks, especially when they’re in their own enviroment, such as downtown urban areas. They see Whites as prey, knowing they have nothing to fear from the racist DOJ or from the PC’ized police in these areas.

    Did you hear the black female in that video call this a hate crime? No, neither did i. Hate crimes were invented to protect blacks, not Whites. But, we do have the 2nd Amendment.

  5. StanInTexas says:

    Dr. 9,

    But when people in this country use the 2nd Amendment to protect themselves from the savages depicted in this video, THEN it is a hate crime!

  6. whotothewhat says:

    The PC goons are well entrenched in this country. Like many at work I guard my words and am careful not to engage anyone person with anything other then weather or tech news even then you have to be careful. At home away from any co-worker and on the net I am totally not PC in anyway shape or form. I have worked with and gone to school (college) with many different people from all over the world, Africa being one of most common countries of origin. I found those students to be very astute and polite and hardworking. I worked on group projects with them and spent much class time discussing classwork and I also worked with them when they had issues with material. Contrast that with the Black adults born and raised here. There is no contest the immigrant beats them hands down in IQ, drive, manners and faith and in family. It is not about race it comes down to the person his or her drive and upbringing.

  7. Not PC says:

    FTA: “Life is an IQ test”. Add: Which blacks consistently FAIL.

  8. Judith M. says:

    I still am not sure if that IQ difference isn’t largely affected by the perverse anti-education sentiments that are so common in the black community. The Ashkenazi Jews purportedly have much higher IQs than non-Ashkenazi Jews (some say as much as one standard deviation higher than other whites). Their culture reveres learning and encourages both young men and young women to seek mates with intelligence. That same approach would probably go a long way toward improving intelligence within the black community. Unfortunately, the black leadership needs to be smart enough to see that, and if Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Sharpton continue to hold such prominent positions within the community I don’t see it happening any time soon.

  9. karasukanzaemon says:

    Between Derb’s firing and the way NR has been at the forefront of shoving Romney down our throats, there seems to be a whole lot less value there than there used to be. I still appreciate Andy McCarthy, Mark Steyn, Victor Davis Hanson, and Mark Krikorian, but I think NRO will be getting fewer and fewer page views from me. How long before they’re shown the door? Moreover, I cannot now imagine ever PAYING for a subscription, whether print or online.

    Good on you, Dave, for NEVER ceding ground on these important issues.

  10. Comrade Terry says:

    Mr. Derbyshire’s sole ‘crime’ was speaking the truth.

    There are self evident truths to be observed in life. For various reasons, people seem not to like the truth. Perhaps it’s because it’s unfashionable.

    Is political correctness merely a current fashion?

  11. Bob Roberts says:

    I’ve been looking into this case just a bit. Apparently Derbyshire, at least according to accounts by others, has self-identified as having somewhat racist views, or at least views others identify as racist.

    Back in 2003 (maybe even earlier) some were saying he was a ticking time bomb. This piece was allegedly written in response to the black community and their response to the shooting of Martin by Zimmerman, which allegedly resulted in “leaders” in the black community “speaking up” about what black parents are “forced by reality” to tell their black children about whites. Of course THAT TALK isn’t getting the same publicity – as usual the left-leaning media doesn’t feel it’s racist if blacks tell their kids it’s OK to hate whites for what whites have done to them, even if it’s really what long dead whites did to their long dead ancestors and they leave out the fact that it was really their other long dead ancestors, other blacks, who started the chain of wrongdoing by slaughtering their ancestor’s African hovels, killing the fighting-age men, raping the women and sending off whoever they left alive to be sold into slavery. The only part of that which matters is some of them eventually ended up as slaves of whites and so whites are evil and really do deserve to die, when you get right down to it. Or so they’re told.

    Keeping racism alive, one talk at a time.

    Anyway, as far as Derbyshire and his talk, I think the one part I found objectionable was his claim that we need to have a higher standard for doing background checks on black politicians – he uses Obama as his example in this case.

    I disagree – had we put Obama through the exact same tests we put ANYONE through prior to electing them, well Obama would have failed miserably. I don’t think we need any special checks for blacks – the same ones work universally. The problem is you can’t give a guy like Obama a pass, as many among us and as the media did across the board except with a few outlets and people (Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, the “usual suspects” according to the lame-stream media, did actually warn us but most of us didn’t listen) and so you could say that those of us who still voted for Obama got what we deserved.

    The rest of us, though, are stuck with him too.

    And now, with him in power, as we’ve seen, he’s ideally situated to wreak havoc with the election process (note how his toadies have already failed to properly deal with a blatant case of election tampering in Philadelphia – the Black Panther polling place intimidation case) and have diverted uncounted sums of our tax money to his cronies in industry, in “green” industry.

    You know, I’m going to say Derbyshire probably should have seen this coming and in fact I bet he did. He was willing to get fired to get the word out that this whole “lets get along” mantra can only work IF BOTH SIDES ARE SAYING AND LIVING IT. Right now, thanks to race hustlers like Obama, Sharpton, Jackson and the usual suspects, they’re not.

    So an armed white, excuse me, “brown”, guy killed an unarmed black in Florida.

    So a mentally ill white, excuse me “red”, guy, with the alleged help of his older white (unless he’s actually “red” too, they aren’t saying, but HE does look white) shot five and killed three blacks in OK.

    Funny how lao and the lame-stream media focuses on those two isolated cases and ignores the many more cases where whites are the victims and “people of color” responsible.

  12. Bob Roberts says:

    Comrade Terry says: April 9, 2012 at 7:40 am
    Is political correctness merely a current fashion?
    No, it’s a mental illness, part and parcel to the more complex mental illness suffered by those who call themselves “liberals” (and who are nothing of the sort) and “progressives” (also nothing of the sort).

    Unless “liberalism” is redefined as “demanding we regress to the same failed socialist policies” and “progressive” is defined as “progressing backwards to the 19th or 18th century beliefs and practices” or, in the case of those “progressives” who are ardent fans of our Islam-dominated future, “progressing” back to the dark ages.

  13. A. Levy says:

    “Fathom the Hypocrisy of a Government that requires every citizen to prove they have health insurance… but not everyone must prove they are a citizen…” – – Author Unknown

  14. Beef says:

    I am pretty sure all of the white liberals who are loudly denouncing Derbyshire in truth actually do follow the advice in his “Talk”. This goes for the all the “conservatives” like Lowry showing their subservience to liberal orthodoxy by chiming in.

    If not, they should be sending their children into the hood each weekend to dispel the silly myth that this might be dangerous.

  15. Henry says:

    lol I know Taki Theodoracopulos – went to school with his older son John, and was buddies with his younger son, William. In fact, a couple years back, I posted an exchange I had on Facebook with William (he lives in Hungary with his two polyamourous lovers) right here on MB. Let’s just say that the apple fell very, very far from the tree…

  16. Spider says:

    Make no mistake. Political correctness was a very deliberate creation by the Left to replace truth and honesty, and cause people to fear speaking their mind. Notice how you will not hear angry, ranting Leftists adhering to PC-speak.

    Because of the general weakness and gullibility of the American people, and because the MSM (yes, Fox also) have become major purveyors of this phenomenon, PC has become the new language and way of thinking for those too weak to think for themselves.

  17. TED says:

    The collective IQ MUST be lowered, it’s the only way the left can stay in power.

  18. wingmann says:

    Spider says:
    April 9, 2012 at 8:16 am

    YOU,are speaking my language!
    Been saying same thing for many years.

  19. wingmann says:

    good pics TED.

  20. Agnostic Conservative says:

    The National Review was half decent when it was started.

    After the 70s its been co-opted by the neocons.

    They are for every left wing progressive policy as long as you give them the wars they want.

    After all, their ideology spawns from the pro-war left.

  21. Cameraman says:

    Second Amendment Never Leave home without It..These Porch Monkeys..gonna git it some day!

  22. BlahBlahBlah says:

    To sum up the Left and PC-scared RINOS:
    “Ignore his facts, he is a racist. And if you agree with what he says, you’re a stupid inbred racist”

    Because apparently being a Lockstep Elitist Bigot, calling everyone who can recognize facts “a racist” and “stupid”, is the fashionable thing these days

  23. forest says:

    The white liberals I know totally agree with Derbyshire. They just say it differently.

    It goes like this, “I’d love to live in town and be able to walk to the co-op, but we decided we had to buy where we did for the school district”.

    It’s always the “school district” for their trophy kid. It’s racist liberal code for “all-white”. Maybe do a couple years in Brooklyn or wherever, but they eventually find an excuse to live in areas that are whiter than Obama’s re-election team.

  24. Jeff says:

    I not sure if Derbyshire’s observations regarding the IQ of blacks is accurate. However what I have noticed is an undeniable hostility to being educated by too many blacks. If a black students tries to do well in school, that student is accused of “acting white”. I think it is more likely that the underclass worldview is cause. And the welfare state continues to foster this mindset.

  25. Joe says:

    whotothewhat says:

    I agree there’s a huge difference between blacks from here and blacks that came here from other places. I used to work in a factory that employed several blacks from the closest “inner city”. By and large they were rude, dishonest, would steal anything that not nailed down, always complained about having to work to “make whitey rich” and were generally unpleasant people. Contrast that with one of my best friends in the place. He came to the United Stated in the boatlift from Haiti in 1979, when he was 18 years old. He was polite, softspoken, hard-working, appreciative, and he couldn’t understand the attitude of the local black population. I guess it’s the difference between being raised with everything handed to you and having to risk your life to get to a better place.

  26. Clingtomyguns says:

    If we were ever serious about “fundamental change” in this country (except, change for the good), we’d airdrop libtards and white Occucommies into neighborhoods where there are high concentrations of their favored skin toned “friends.” Some of these areas even SWAT teams won’t venture. The ones that make it out alive will become upstanding concealed carry and Second Amendment supporters. Case in point is that old geezer Dallas who had an epiphany after his encounter with some youths.

  27. AmericanGypsea says:

    I read Derbyshire’s piece, nodding my head and saying “Yep.” Everything he wrote was true. We just sold out and moved from a community not far from Baltimore because the violent crimes were just getting way out of hand.

    I was shocked to see Leon Wolf’s venomous reactions to those trying to relay their personal stories about dealing with the black population…shocked! But also noted that he could in no way refute what Derbyshire was saying. I removed RedState from my menu bar and won’t be back.

  28. Maudie N Mandeville says:

    Lowry is also the little kept boy who peed his pants then subsequently fired his intimidatingly intellectual superior, Ann Coulter, when she correctly observed on 9-12-2001 that “We should invade their countries, kill their leaders, and convert them all to Christianity.” This was too much for Richie to handle.

  29. Maudie N Mandeville says:

    As a white person, I could get offended with the Bell Curve and its Asian superiority, but I don’t. However libs do, especially blacks. To even mention the Bell Curve is verboten in MSM. Ergo, why wouldn’t President Obama, his black and lib supporters, all want the world to see the Pres’s school transcripts? Wouldn’t this go a long way in putting an end to some of Derb’s allegations? (based on empirical evidence). Well, Derb nails it without even mentioning the Bell Curve or the Presidency: “In a pure meritocracy there would be very low proportions of blacks in cognitively demanding jobs.”

  30. Rob Banks says:

    Considering the sackless wonder that is Lowry has canned one of the last attractions to his publication, one has to wonder how long it is before National Review goes down the same path as Newsweek. Wonder who’s going to get the axe for being too honest next… Mark Steyn? VDH? Anyone want to start a betting pool?

  31. IOpian says:

    The same thing happened to Nobel Laureate William Shockley when he made logical observations that the higher rate of reproduction among the less intelligent would have a destructive effect on civilization. His reputation was ruined and he was accused of being a Nazi and racist ( the thought Nazis’ answer to anything they find an inkling of truth in ).

  32. TrickleUpPolitics says:

    I read a 2005 academic study this morning that came to the conclusion that East Asians have the highest IQ’s, followed by White, followed by the lowest, blacks. It posits that the discrimination model that says everyone is equal but for cultural/societal forces is wrong. It really is IQ.

  33. h. says:

    Read up on Dr.James Watson. The guy was basically ostracized from the scientific community for saying the same thing.

    I see Bob Roberts is letting some of his white guilt show again.

  34. h. says:

    Like it or not we are all racists.

  35. BlahBlahBlah says:

    h. says: April 9, 2012 at 1:36 pm
    “Like it or not we are all racists.”


    Actually, no we aren’t – nature is.

    Nature is the one allowing differences between us all. We are merely able to recognize them.

    It’s really just a continuation of the problems always faced in all forms of Communism – it works perfectly as long as people are not involved. People are not, nor will they ever be, equal, so trying to force them to be just that will only highlight the differences. When the differences are highlighted, people recognize them. Awareness and Deductive Reasoning therefore becomes “Racism” or “Bigotry” or “Obstructionism” or “Discriminatory” or whatever buzz-word they choose to tag it with.

    If you don’t want to be a racist or a bigot or discriminatory or whatever, all you have to do is stop reasonably thinking about the world around you. As soon as you think about absolutely anything involving another being though, you are recognizing some form of inequality that exists and therefore fall into one of their categories of “hate”

    So all we really need to do is control nature, then everything should be fine…

    Side-note: Inequality will always exist no matter what, but there are two ways of dealing with it.

    If we truly allowed the (generally Left’s) idea of “survival of the fittest” to exist as they claim nature intended, then we wouldn’t have to worry about any of this. Such a theory is simultaneously “immoral” to them though, so they are presented with an irreconcilable dilemma.

    If everyone were to follow the (generally Right’s) idea of God given purpose in life through individual and complimentary gifts with personal desire tossed out the window though, then things become quite easy really.

  36. Rob Banks says:

    Vox Day’s take – A Purge Too Far

  37. Fiberal says:

    I am interested in seeing whether any of the right (NR perhaps?) has the courage to take on Derb’s points in his TAKI article.

    That no doubt, will not happen since Derb’s points were clear, true and completely defensible; contrary to Rich (The Bitch – and boy editor of the disgraceful National Review) Lowry’s statement when he fired the better man.

    As for Bob’s point about Derb’s admonition to heighten scrutiny when evaluating a black candidate for office, that would be a natural thing to do if you take it that blacks have a lower average IQ and higher crime rate.

    Moreover, based on the dismal track record of how poorly black politicians have represented their constituencies, (doing no more than selling racial grievance with the promise of getting more of the white man’s “stuff”), then I think it is entirely appropriate to spend at least a few more seconds before pulling the lever for the black candidate.

    Come on Rich. I’m right here. I know you’re reading this blog. Debate the man’s points with me.

    Come and get one in the yarvels. If you have any yarvels, you eunich jelly-bell.

  38. Mary says:

    “HOUSTON (KTRK) — A man called “Showtime” is accused of sadistically assaulting and robbing a man in front of his family inside his own apartment.

    On March 26, court documents state the male victim says Phillip Don Oliver, aka “Showtime” and “Wild Thing,” pointed a handgun at him outside his apartment in north Harris County and ordered him back inside. The victim says Oliver ordered him to gather his family in the bathroom as a second male suspect stood watch at the apartment door. The victim, his wife and mother-in-law were then all allegedly ordered by Oliver to remove their clothing at gunpoint.

    According to court documents, Oliver ordered the victim to kneel on the bathroom floor and put his head in the toilet bowl, at which point Oliver then flushed the toilet repeatedly. The victim told investigators that Oliver then sodomized him with the barrel of the gun. Court documents state Oliver also forced the victim’s mother-in-law to perform a sex act while he pointed the gun at the victim’s 6-month-old daughter and threatened to kill the baby.

  39. Joek Loth says:

    I believe that most blacks are inferior in the intelligence department, but some people are intelligent in different catagories. You cannot say EVERYTHING about ANYTHING because there are too many variances to a general/blanket/sweeping statement. i.e.; “all blacks are slow”. Not true. have you ever seen a track meet or a football game? The problem is that, and the same is true for any race, intelligence does not have a specific look. Take your average 18yrold black kid. With his pants down below his ass cheeks(prisonmentality), upper and lower “teeff” covered in fake gold(rappermentality), all “tatted”-up,including neck tats(gangmentality), this kid could be in an ADVANCED ENGLISH LIT CLASS, but it is HIGHLY unlikely, given current education stats. What is more likely is that he’ll either end up on a slab in the morgue or in prison, or both!! And a lot of his fate/destiny is due largely in part to his culture. They make fun of and shame the ones who do crack-a-book for doing so. “Yo dawg, checkout dis nerdy M.F-er, MoFo must think he be a white honky cracka. Awwwe important like, readin a MoFo book. Man, F*ck dat shit, lets go Travy, wees gonna go get som bitches-n-hoes ta pimp out!! Got it lil Bro?!!!

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