National Review Fires John Derbyshire

The National Review has fired columnist John Derbyshire after a racially charged article he wrote on another website.

In a Saturday evening post titled “Parting Ways,” the magazine’s editor Rich Lowry starts off praising Derbyshire’s writing skills and proceeds to explain his decision:

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 a piece for the website Taki’s Magazine, the controversial Derbyshire wrote that “nonblack” Americans tend to have discussions with their children about how to keep themselves safe from black people.

The advice they give, he wrote, includes, “Stay out of heavily black neighborhoods” and “Do not attend events likely to draw a lot of blacks.”

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