John Derbyshire’s parental ‘talk’ about race sets off Twitter firestorm; Update: Fired by NRO

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National Review writer and author John Derbyshire stirred a racial hornet’s nest today after bloggers and Twitter users blasted a bizarre and offensive piece he wrote for Taki’s Magazine offering what he called the “nonblack version” of “The Talk” to his children. (See below for screencaps if the article does not load. The site’s servers are apparently overwhelmed.)

It includes the following disturbing advice:

(10a) Avoid concentrations of blacks not all known to you personally.

(10b) Stay out of heavily black neighborhoods.

(10c) If planning a trip to a beach or amusement park at some date, find out whether it is likely to be swamped with blacks on that date (neglect of that one got me the closest I have ever gotten to death by gunshot).

(10d) Do not attend events likely to draw a lot of blacks.

(10e) If you are at some public event at which the number of blacks suddenly swells, leave as quickly as possible.

(10f) Do not settle in a district or municipality run by black politicians.

(10g) Before voting for a black politician, scrutinize his/her character much more carefully than you would a white.

(10h) Do not act the Good Samaritan to blacks in apparent distress, e.g., on the highway.

National Review editor Rich Lowry posted the following brief response tonight at The Corner:

Needless to say, no one at National Review shares Derb’s appalling view of what parents supposedly should tell their kids about blacks in this instantly notorious piece here.

It did need to be said. While honest discussion of race relations is sorely needed in this country, telling your children not to help people in distress based on their skin color and advising them that black politicians are more corrupt than white ones is downright crazy talk.

Many are calling on National Review, for whom Derbyshire writes, to fire him for the Taki’s Magazine piece:

Apparently, NR editors are in discussion:

And here comes a boycott…

More reaction from all parts of the political spectrum here, here, here, and here.

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Update: National Review has fired Derbyshire.

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