Controversial Conservative Version of "The Talk" for Non-Black Parents
John Derbyshire's column has many calling for him to be fired
Not all black males have been given “The Talk.”
Loop 21 writer Aaron Morrison, who was raised by his mother and white stepfather, said he never got “the talk.” Then reader Amber Mobley responded with how she was offended by Morrison's piece, calling it irresponsible.
In the wake of the Trayvon Martin case, reputable African-American commentators in the media have weighed in on what having “the talk” about racial interactions with their kids has, or would, entail.
Some more extreme than others, like author Toure’ who wrote, speaking as a black father to his black son: “It’s unlikely but possible that you could get killed today. Or any day. I’m sorry, but that’s the truth.”
Essentially, all this talk about “the talk” is a way to provoke discussion about how parents should conduct conversations about race with their children.
While black parents are warning their kids about the prejudices of the world, racial profiling, police brutally, incarceration, etc., what are white parents telling their kids about race?
National Review’s John Derbyshire says there is a talk that non-black Americans have with their children about race too. After reading this article, black parents may feel even more compelled to have “the talk" ... immediately.
In his post “The Talk: Nonblack Version,” Derbyshire’s racist views have been passed on to his kids, who are now 19 and 16.
Here are a few choice excerpts, points 10a through 10i, from Derbyshire's a two-page post, which includes a total of 15 points:
- Avoid concentrations of blacks not all known to you personally.
- Stay out of heavily black neighborhoods.
- 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).
- Do not attend events likely to draw a lot of blacks.
- If you are at some public event at which the number of blacks suddenly swells, leave as quickly as possible.
- Do not settle in a district or municipality run by black politicians.
- Before voting for a black politician, scrutinize his/her character much more carefully than you would a white.
- Do not act the Good Samaritan to blacks in apparent distress, e.g., on the highway.
- If accosted by a strange black in the street, smile and say something polite but keep moving.
If that wasn’t racist enough for you, here’s a bit more:
"A small cohort of blacks — in my experience, around five percent — is ferociously hostile to whites and will go to great lengths to inconvenience or harm us. A much larger cohort of blacks — around half — will go along passively if the five percent take leadership in some event." says Derbyshire.
Derbyshire tells his kids that majority of blacks are much lower intelligent than whites. But goes on to say that among the forty million, there are “nonetheless many intelligent and well-socialized blacks." He calls this pool the intelligent and well-socialized blacks, or IWSBs, and tells his kids they should find ways to make friends with IWSBs, but only to gain an “amulet against potentially career-destroying accusations of prejudice.”
Is this really what white parents are telling their impressionable kids about black people early on? Judging by the response from Derbyshire's colleagues and countless folks on Twitter and Facebook, we doubt it.