Derbyshire is conservatism incarnate, by @DavidOAtkins

Derbyshire is conservatism incarnate

by David Atkins

John Derbyshire has received a swarm of very justified righteous anger over his latest horrifically racist piece. A significant number of conservatives have condemned him, even demanding that he be fired from the National Review over it. Derbyshire, they argue, doesn't reflect mainstream conservative values.

But that's simply not true. He does represent conservatism. All one need do is go to any random comments section in any major media outlet to discover it. For instance, consider this L.A. Times story about a string of unsolved drive-by killings of black residents in Tulsa by an unknown white assailant. Here are the first two comments to the piece:

Gray_Ghost at 2:47 PM April 07, 2012

Murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom! What color were these fine citizens? Lemaricus Davidson, Letalvis Cobbins, George Thomas, Vanessa Coleman, and Eric Boyd are now serving time for what crimes and did the media report this nation-wide? Where were Al Sharpton, and Jesse Jackson? Are they providing counsel and help to the families of the victims? Of course not - the victims were white! Why hasn't this received National coverage by the news media like the Duke 'rape' case? Oh, that's right - the victims were white!Why hasn't the NAACP, ACLU, New York Times etc., called for an investigation? Must be because the victims were white!!! Why hasn't the FBI been called in to investigate this as a hate crime? Oh, that's right - the victims were white!!! So, if a white radio shock jock uses the phrase 'Nappy headed', it gets 2 weeks of constant news coverage. If two white people are tortured, raped, and murdered by a group of black people, it barely gets a blip in the news.

Gray_Ghost at 2:45 PM April 07, 2012

Why would any Police officer show up in their neighborhood when the get accused of violating their civil rights and arrest their off-spring breaking the laws. Today Obama and his followers are demonized the white people and the rich for their short comings!

To take people’s minds off the President’s failures as a leader, they showing his needs as a community organizer are now in greater demand than bring the Nation together. In the meantime crime flash through the neighborhood like a forest fire burning all the hopes for good change.

The only way to restore law and order is allow the Police to do their jobs and fine a place to keep the predators lock up.

Now will Obama get involved in resolving these conflicts or enhance the dysfunctions?

No! he does not like ‘White’ people because his father didn’t do right by his white mother!

Derek Grrr at 2:07 PM April 07, 2012

Why would any Black person live in traditionally White red states? The same could be made of Latinos who flock to states where racism and hate by White residents are likely because Latinos are not welcomed.

I hate to be insensitive about this article but I'm sort of relieved that for once Blacks are being targeted by Whites instead of Latinos.

Sheesh, look at all the hate against Latinos coming out of Arizona, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia from both White and Black residents!!

Here are the first and last comments in the ABC News article on the same story:
by Unknown

a WHITE 16 year old shot in neck by 2 black males in new albany, ind. why is this NOT a hate crime. care to answer this SHARPTON, OR JACKSON. well co’mon, how about an answer.

by Steve Whiteson
This shooter is probably another white-Hispanic Democrat, like Zimmerman.

Or the CBS News comments:

by SlackJawedYocal

Aren't all killings/shooting "hate" crimes? Give me a damn break...I'm so sick of blacks always playing the race card, every damn time theres a white on black crime its racially motivated...but if a black shoots a honky its just a shooting....Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and the other racist bigots can all burn in hell.

by ObamasWelfareLemmings

Oh no!!! Another hate crime. If the shooter's white, it's always a hate crime. There will be big trouble now because the racist NAACP is involved. Where's the other racists hate mongers Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson? They won't stand for this. I hope that they show up in time to get their photos taken.

by RobertRogers

So, everytime a black person gets shot, and a white person is suspected to be the perpetrator, the FBI is immediately assigned to the case?

Apparently that is the SOP under the Obama/Holder regime.

In all likelihood it is probably just another crack deal gone bad.

by lofty31

they think its racial because the victims are all black? wow, you guys get the detective of the century award. i got news for you communists. Blacks kill blacks too. i know, i know, its new to you guys , you dont have to thank me for it. If you need help in any other event that gets you baffled, you can email me. geez. unbelieveable.

My own home paper the Ventura County Star has simply stopped allowing comments entirely on news stories with racial overtones because the overt racism has been impossible for them to control any other way.

Far from being outside the norm, this is what a very large portion of America is made of. That's what conservatism is made of. It's rampant, extremely commonplace, and by far the biggest driver of conservative attitudes in America. Don't forget that the Deep South and the Midwest just loved them some New Deal FDR socialism until the Civil Rights era meant that minorities would also be allowed to join in the American economy. In the "conservative" mind, socialism is OK as long as it's only for white people. That's not some incendiary remark I'm making: it's just a historical fact proven by the political and regional dynamic from 1930-1965, and from 1965 onward.

Don't let them pretend otherwise. Derbyshire is the perfect embodiment of modern conservatism as experienced by regular conservative voters.

Update: Derbyshire has just been fired by National Review. Rich Lowry's terse statement:

Anyone who has read Derb in our pages knows he’s a deeply literate, funny, and incisive writer. I direct anyone who doubts his talents to his delightful first novel, “Seeing Calvin Coolidge in a Dream,” or any one of his “Straggler” columns in the books section of NR. Derb is also maddening, outrageous, cranky, and provocative. 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.

Lowry couldn't even bring himself to say the word "racist.," largely because he knows what a backlash that would entail from his deeply racist audience. What a coward.