A leading US conservative magazine, the National Review, has fired a prominent contributor over an online column advising his children to protect themselves by avoiding African Americans, to closely scrutinise black politicians and to accept that white people are more intelligent.
John Derbyshire wrote the offending article, The Talk: Nonblack Version, as a response to widespread debate over “the talk” that many African American parents give their teenage sons about racism in America following the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida.
Derbyshire’s column appeared in another publication, Taki’s Magazine, run by the rightwing Greek socialite Taki Theodoracopulos, who has himself faced accusations of racism.
Although the National Review had no editorial responsibility for Derbyshire’s article, it said he was so closely associated with the magazine that his “outlandish, nasty and indefensible” writing was in effect a letter of resignation.
Derbyshire, who has previously described himself as a racist and homophobe, wrote the column in the form of “advice” to his teenage children on how to stay safe when around African Americans.
Among other things he says they should “stay out of heavily black neighborhoods” and “not attend events likely to draw a lot of blacks”.
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