Friday, May 4, 2012

I find John Derbyshire's controversial column typically excellent, and most of the commentary on it disappointing. In response to writers lamenting the prejudice and danger innocent blacks face from bigoted whites, Derbyshire warns his children of the prejudice and danger innocent whites face from bigoted blacks. If his piece is unacceptable why aren't the others? Where's the condemnation of, for instance, Darryl E. Owens?

Derbyshire offers a few further thoughts here. Here's an interview from soon after the ruckus began. And here's the text of an address he gave this year on the future of race relations. It is, as his work tends to be, learned, lucid and generous of spirit.