Breaking taboo

Former National Review columnist John Derbyshire wrote an article which has offended many people.

In it he gives a version of “the talk” that many black parents claim to give their kids, about how they have to be careful around white folks, who might be discriminatory. Except that his version is for whites and Asians living around black people.

In it, he illustrates white and Asian parents as advising their children to stay away from African-Americans and to realize that African-American resentment of whites and Asians is so intense that members of those groups are at risk in African-American areas.

Of course, the busybodies and chatterboxes of the internet and the leftist mainstream media exploded in offense and discontent. They couldn’t believe anyone would dare do such a thing! In 2012, nonetheless. But almost all sources forgot this part of the article:

The default principle in everyday personal encounters is, that as a fellow citizen, with the same rights and obligations as yourself, any individual black is entitled to the same courtesies you would extend to a nonblack citizen.

Derbyshire did not say he found African-Americans inferior, detestable, or worthy of scorn. He in fact urges us to treat them well.

What he does do is warn us that, statistically, African-Americans are allegedly prone to greater degrees of crime and may be a threat to whites and Asians

The outrage was predictable.

However, had Derbyshire written this article instead in the third person, and stated it factually, as in “I have long observed that whites and Asians tend to give ‘the talk’ about African-Americans to their children, and here’s how it goes,” the outrage would have seemed even more hollow.

The sad fact is that the vast majority of people in the United States and Europe act in the way he describes. The mouth talks, and says nice things about diversity and multiculturalism, but actions are different.

Much as how you succeeded in the Soviet Union by being a good Communist, you succeed in the modern West by supporting both (a) liberal democracy and its class leveling platform that includes multiculturalism and civil rights and (b) capitalist consumerism and the idea that we should be able to sell our junk to whoever we want, and import cheaper labor if we can find it.

As a result, we have white people and Asians who talk about the beauty of diversity, the harmony of pluralism, the benefits of multiculturalism, etc. (recombine keywords however seems apt) and then flee the cities and go home to their mostly-white, often-gated subdivisions.

Other than having the token black friends at work and at cocktail parties, the white or Asian of today essentially interacts as little as possible with black and/or Hispanic people.

The double standard in the West is to repeat the liberal dogma in public, and to do exactly the opposite when you have the freedom to do so.

Derbyshire unleashed a torrent of rage because his comments immediately follow the greatest time of racial tension in recent history. What makes this time tense is that whites (and Asians) aren’t backing down a they usually do. They’re simply saying, “Nope, we don’t see it that way.”

Some are even going further and saying that if we have freedom, as we’re told we do, we should have the freedom to pick who we want to live around, work with, hire and sell to and buy from. We want to be with people like us.

While this flies in the face of the doctrine we are taught from pre-school onward, it makes sense given the historical record. Diversity and multiculturalism create situations like the Balkans or Northern Ireland. Homogeneity creates stable nations like Finland or Japan. Which do you prefer?

Diversity itself is the problem. I don’t agree with John Derbyshire in that I think it’s foolish to black African-Americans for a disaster that was created by white liberals. When you demand diversity, you create an unstable society where no one has anything in common and distrust is massive.

For almost 50 years, people in Europe and the United States have been buying the diversity line that is fed to them by liberals, who want to use multiculturalism as a weapon in their agenda of a classless society. Import new workers, and suddenly there’s no culture, so all that remains is ideology.

Ever since the election of Barack Obama in the United States however, suspicion has been growing that diversity doesn’t work after all. We pour money into it, always feel guilty when there’s a hate crime, and yet we watch the most ardent proponents of diversity retreat to 98.6% white gated communities.

If Derbyshire made a fatal mistake, it’s that he yanked the covers off of a comfortable hypocrisy. People had hoped the discontent would just go away and we could buy each other off like last time. But now, instead of merely resentment, there is a mood of questioning whether diversity can work — at all.

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Brett Stevens

Brett Stevens has written about realism since the late 1980s. His work can be found at RightOn, American Renaissance, Return of Kings, Counter-Currents, Alternative Right and Aristokratia.

34 thoughts on “Breaking taboo”

  1. I’ve read Derbyshire’s article. Living in a society like yours must be a fricking nightmare…
    “Sudden career death syndrome”… I wouldn’t hesitate to start my own small business rather than making a career.

    1. That will not help. If your business gets bad publicity of that kind, rest assured that you will be boycotted and otherwise hounded. The judgment of the mob (Le Bon) is absolute.

    2. “Living in a society like yours must be a fricking nightmare…”

      It’s not so bad for those who were born into this society. They are ready for everything. For an immigrant who had never been laid off or fired because in his former country there was the right for work, it must feel like a roller coaster.

      There is an interesting statistics on small business:

      In my opinion, in order to survive, one has to care mostly about advertizing and competing, than making a good product or service. This requires a special mentality and morality.

      1. In my opinion, in order to survive, one has to care mostly about advertizing and competing, than making a good product or service.

        It’s one of the rules of Kali Yuga. Leading to a hell on earth…

        1. hell is a slave morality, there is no end result of diversity, only that western civilization will die, like the auroch did and leave us with a mulatto civilization similar in nature to the cow (the domesticated auroch).

          1. hell is a slave morality

            Have you actually read the conversation?
            By the “hell” in the comment above i meant a situation when the purpose of making all products and services is SELLING them rather than fulfilment of the corresponding needs.
            Isn’t it insane to buy a new car and sell an old one every two years or buy a new mobile phone every 6 months?
            (Alright, it’s off topic.)

            like the auroch did and leave us with a mulatto civilization similar in nature to the cow (the domesticated auroch).

            =) Fortunately, there still are aurochs in the woods of my Motherland.

  2. Most whites with common sense follow his advice anyways, they just do not admit it. We all lock our doors when we are forced to take a detour into the more “vibrant” parts of town.

    1. But it’s worth noting that most whities also do the same when they’re around poor whites. It’s not “racist” meaning exclusively based on race. Instead there are many types of threats we recognize, and some groups which did not evolve as much self-control are part of this list.

      1. Not when you consider the statistical analysis that blacks cause a disproportionate amount of crime.

        1. I’m not explaining myself well. White people get wary in a number of circumstances. Lower caste whites, Hispanics, blacks, people who use drugs, or even just people who are dressed weird. It’s not specific to blacks alone.

          1. It doesn’t matter how well you explain yourself.
            People either get it, or they don’t.
            And nothing you can do will have the slightest effect on that.

          2. True. Individuals are portrayed in all groups, a liberal argument; however; there are group dynamics that cannot be denied.

            Unfortunately, the right often takes generalities as absolutes in language and in consciousness.

            1. Generalities should never be taken as absolutes but they need to be acted on as absolutes. Otherwise, go ahead and tuck that rattlesnake into bed.

  3. Derbyshire wrote a self-fulfilling prophecy. Someone of African-American persuasion who may have been antipathetical towards caucasians and asians in general, now feels a moral justification for a fun evening of Cracker-Stomping.

  4. NO

    If you feel unnerved around disenfranchised peoples it is because you are a racist and must fight this. We are all racists (except a few like me born completely tolerant). You must fight fight fight it every day.

      1. Always nice to be in a place that can recognize humor. Most people would just nod with stiff necks and walk on, repeating automatically how beautiful diversity is.

  5. has anyone else noticed more “white conciousness/lack of white guilt” lately? it seems strange, the usual sheep eyed fools in my undergrad courses are bleeting about “why can’t it be european-american too, if were gonna have african-american?” it seems strange, clearly the taboo is being dismantled. this trayvon thing really ran the diveristy titanic into an iceberg.

    1. This trayvon thing really ran the diveristy titanic into an iceberg.
      What a great metaphor!
      Beautiful, poetic, powerful.
      Nice one, Ryan :)

      1. It really did. White people are doing what they can to make it on their own and they are tired of getting milked for wehrgelt, especially when the shooter wasn’t white and the black guy was a thug.

  6. I am aware of racial differences, and while walking downtown recently was referred to as a “rabbit” by a group of black youths.

    I did not wish them any harm and was glad to be left alone. I do wonder how it is affecting liberals who try extra hard to pretend they didn’t notice the group of hoodie-wearing youths staring the, downtown.

    This is all so wasteful. Everyone would be better off with less diversity and less hatred. All the mainstream does is need and engender discontent, anger and potential strife.

    Some of my TV looping neighbors have been purchasing defensive tools just in case there are riots. Everyone I know really wants to avoid conflict, but the anger among some urban youths is palpable.

    1. Liberals are the most clannish people there are. They only go to places other liberals have been and stay away from “bad” (cheap) areas. They hide the reasons why they are avoiding black people, but they do it constantly.

    2. wow you know people who can afford firearms? jeez i cna’t even afford a target .22 with my paycheck, i got to spend it all on my “diverse” education

  7. If a dog can be domesticated, so can any human being.

    Therefore intelligence is not at play.

    The wilful erosion of society is at work.

    The more a pig a person is, the more you can pay them in kind. A prostitute only needs an outlay for wipes to set up business.

    Create the problems that need fixing, and you have political tenureship.

    Don’t blame the blacks for being Blacks. They were set up, demoralized by affirmative action, and used. That would make anyone angry.

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