Attorney General Eric Holder has said America is afraid to have a frank discussion about race. I have a feeling it’s not exactly what Eric Holder had in mind, but John Derbyshire isn’t afraid and has written an article that can’t be considered anything other than a frank discussion about race at Taki’s Magazine titled The Talk — Nonblack Version
America may not be afraid of a frank discussion about race but National Review is. John Derbyshire was fired for the things he said in his Taki article. Debyshire lists the points in numbered form that he believes are the facts of life that a white parent should explain to his children regarding race and race relations in America. After first discussing how many blacks are hostile toward whites, and that a small number, perhaps 5%, are ferocioulsy hostile to whites and will go to great lengths to inconvenience whites or harm them, he states his point number 10 which seems to me a pretty important one:
(10) Thus, while always attentive to the particular qualities of individuals, on the many occasions where you have nothing to guide you but knowledge of those mean differences, use statistical common sense:
Then he lists a number of sub-points to that general statement which he would counsel his children for their own safety. Go to the article and read the whole thing and then ask yourself if John Derbyshire is a racist or if he is saying things that many other people are thinking but are too afraid to have a frank discussion about it.
Eric Raymond at Armed and Dangerous has posted what he calls an intelligence test on this article.
UPDATE: Derbyshire gave an interview on his Taki article to Gawker, a liberal website. They were surprisingly fair to him. I didn’t read the comments though. I didn’t think I’d get through that very well without throwing chunks.