National Review Fires John Derbyshire for Anti-Black Article

| by Michael Allen

National Review editor Rich Lowry recently announced that John Derbyshire will no longer be writing for the conservative magazine.

In an online article for Taki's Magazine, Derbyshire advised his children (and his readers) to avoid activities that are attended by blacks, question the integrity of black politicians and avoid black neighborhoods.

In severing ties with Derbyshire, Rich Lowry wrote:

His latest provocation, in a webzine, lurches from the politically incorrect to the nasty and indefensible. We never would have published it, but the main reason that people noticed it is that it is by a National Review writer. Derb is effectively using our name to get more oxygen for views with which we’d never associate ourselves otherwise.

So there has to be a parting of the ways. Derb has long danced around the line on these issues, but this column is so outlandish it constitutes a kind of letter of resignation. It’s a free country, and Derb can write whatever he wants, wherever he wants. Just not in the pages of NR or NRO, or as someone associated with NR any longer.

In 2009, Derbyshire authored a book that contained a chapter titled “The Case Against Women’s Suffrage.” In it, he argued the country would be better off if women didn’t have the right to vote.