Atlantic Wire Can’t Get Enough of John Derbyshire

Jared Taylor, American Renaissance, April 9, 2012

. . . and gets the prize for lazy journalism.

Atlantic Wire can’t get enough of John Derbyshire. On April 6, Elspeth Reeve wondered why he had not yet been fired for his Takimag.com essay of just the day before, and complained that he is the test case for showing “how racist you can be and still get published by people who consider themselves intellectuals.” I don’t know if the editors of National Review consider themselves “intellectuals,” but the implication is that anything to their Right should not even make a pretense of intelligence or a concern for facts. Poor Miss Reeve. She has the entire Internet before her, yet doesn’t seem to have dipped more than half a toe into it.

Today, she is back at Atlantic Wire, with some of the laziest journalism I have seen in a long time. In a piece with the awkward title, “Here Are the Racists Sad to See Derbyshire Go,” she tells us that “white supremacists are rallying to John Derbyshire’s side, but not without reservations.” Whence this insight? She briefly quotes from my article about Mr. Derbyshire, but most of her column consists of selective quotes from among the hundreds of reader comments about Mr. Derbyshire at AmRen.com, and at FreeRepublic.com.

We and FreeRepublic are apparently the gold standard for taking the temperature of the “white supremacists.” This is news to us, just as it must be to FreeRepublic. As even Miss Reeve’s commenters have explained to her, most AmRen readers consider the evidence overwhelming that North Asians and Ashkenazi Jews have higher IQs than gentile whites. I wonder just what she thinks a “white supremacist” might be.

Miss Reeve also confessed herself baffled as to why anyone would refer to blacks as “Holder’s people,” but once again, her readers are better informed than she. A commenter explained that it is because Eric Holder, attorney general of the United States and therefore presumably the top legal officer for all Americans, refers to blacks as “my people.”

Miss Reeve noted that I had referred to the double standard that means people can say all manner of rude things about whites without fear of punishment while Mr. Derbyshire is out the door for a few home truths about blacks. One of my examples of rude things said about whites was Noel Ignatiev’s famous call to “abolish the white race,” but Miss Reeves had never heard of that. She complained that I had not cited a reference, implying that I must have made up the quote. Poor Miss Reeve; never heard of Google, I suppose.

In its day, Atlantic had a well deserved reputation for well researched journalism and careful fact-checking. Real writers such as James Fallows still write for the magazine but it must have fallen on awfully hard times if it must settle for obvious second-raters such as Elspeth Reeve.

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Jared Taylor
Jared Taylor is the editor of American Renaissance and the author of White Identity: Racial Consciousness in the 21st Century.
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  • WmarkW

    I suggest Eric Holder present Derb with a Profiles in Courage Award, for having bravely broken the racial speech taboo, despite costs to his popularity and career.

  • JohnEngelman

    The comments on the Atlantic Wife website were similar to comments here on American Renaissance. Events like this inform more people of AR. and attract them. 

  • anarchyst

    Look at who the “enablers” are. Primarily of one political (and ethnic) persuasion, they are the TRUE “supremacists” and have been spouting their vile filth for
    generations (if not centuries).These “enablers” reserve the right” to uphold their “cultural insularity” while demanding that the rest of us succumb to their false gods of “multiculturalism” and
    “diversity”. The “Tower of Babel” of biblical lore WAS NOT a physical structure, but the twin evils of “multiculturalism” and “diversity”.

    • JJDKII

      Are they the ones who “live like Episcopalians and vote like Puerto Ricans”?

  • ncpride

    In its day, Atlantic had a well deserved reputation for well researched journalism and careful fact-checking. Real writers such as James Fallows still write for the magazine but it must have fallen on awfully hard times if it must settle for obvious second-raters such as Elspeth Reeve.

    Well you see Mr. Taylor, Elspeth seems to have a problem with fact-checking.

    http://gawker.com/333100/baghdad-diarists-other-half-speaks-says-nothing?tag=elspeth-reeve

    That IS you, isn’t it Elspeth?

  • silviosilver

    Miss Reeve noted that I had referred to the double standard that means
    people can say all manner of rude things about whites without fear of
    punishment while Mr. Derbyshire is out the door for a few home truths
    about blacks.

    Whites are the only group of people in America (actually, the world) who cannot force an apology out of anyone, no matter how grave the offense. 

    Even a statement as innocuous as “Whites are people, too, you know!” startles people.  (Whites are seen as pieces of meat, with no natural interests of their own, only there to satisfy ever other group’s needs, which is presumably just the way Elspeth Reeves would have it.)

    So much for “white privilege.”

  • KevinPhillipsBong

    Comments there are mostly nauseating. Someone please help me over there to add some cost to their stupidity.

  • elitist

    MANIFESTO FOR  A NEW RACE RELATIONS (Please feel free to
    circulate)

     

    The fundamental problem
    of racial race relations in the US is the absence of reciprocity between blacks
    and whites.

    As a consequence of the
    fact that whites are not permitted to have an identity as whites in relation to
    other races, but are taught to hate ourselves and assume universal guilt for
    essentially everything wrong with the world, there is no possibility of whites
    collectively articulating their demands in relation to blacks.

    Under this bizarre set of
    circumstances, the question:

    “What are the demands of
    the white community in relation to the black community?”

    cannot be asked, because
    it is unthinkable.

    And yet, without
    reciprocity – without blacks understanding that something is required of them in
    return for the sacrifices whites have made on their behalf over the past
    century and more – there is no possibility of a healthy relationship developing
    between the races.

    As Marcel Mauss pointed
    out in his classic The Gift, to
    receive without reciprocity, without anything being expected return, is
    degrading, demeaning, and dehumanizing.

    The relationship between
    blacks and whites in the US is based on the principle that whites must do X, Y
    and Z for blacks, and that in return, blacks must castigate whites for doing
    too little, for past crimes, for systemic racism, continuing discrimination,
    etc. etc. The guilt experienced by whites is never diminished, the demands by
    blacks continue to escalate, and this dysfunctional relationship worsens.

    The virtually
    totalitarian levels of censorship faced by whites when it comes to race issues
    means that their resentments seethe in private; black demands are routinely
    met with meekness and humility, and yet black rage continues to escalate, and
    the black community continues to languishes in dysfunction and pathology.

    Missing from this
    equation are two elements:

    What are the obligations
    felt by blacks in relation to whites?

    What dowhites have
    a right to expect from blacks in return for their sacrifices?

    Again, since there is no
    possibility within the current discourse of specifically white position
    articulating itself in the public realm, these questions remain simply unthinkable.

    What has really crippled
    race relations in the United States is not “systemic racism,” prejudice, or “continued
    discrimination,” it is the ABSENCE OF RECIPROCITY, which is the foundation of
    any healthy (individual or group) relationship.

    In order for this
    reciprocity between blacks and whites to develop, white America must ARTICULATE
    A CLEAR COLLECTIVE POSITION in relation to blacks (and the other races), and as
    a precondition, this requires that whites must develop a positive and
    affirmative identity for themselves as a community – again, something strictly forbidden
    in the current political discourse.

    By becoming permanent clients
    of the state, by being held too much lower standards than whites in education
    and employment, blacks have been accommodated, but at the same time
    disempowered.

    In the absence of
    reciprocity, this relationship can only be between inferiors and superiors, (out
    of control) child and (neurotic, indulgent) parent.

    In order for blacks and
    whites to develop healthy relationship, whites must assert an affirmative group
    identity, and must convey to blacks clear and ambiguous demands (e.g., an
    immediate 90% reduction in black on white violence in the United States; official
    acknowledgment of the sacrifices whites have made on behalf of blacks; a
    moratorium on race quotas until an open national debate has been held on the
    issue, etc.). 

  • ncpride

    That’s incredible. Just…. wow. At least he’s getting the tounge lashing he deserves from the comments.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/William-Burnham/1545220113 William Burnham

    I wonder if Mr. Taylor even bothered to check, but Elspeth Reeve is a FEMALE. Talk about lazy journalism.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/William-Burnham/1545220113 William Burnham

     Mrs. Reeve helped me greatly while I was in the service. Without her diligence, the Army would still be breaking protocol and subjecting soldiers with depression to ridiculous practices like wearing orange construction vests all over base. These practices existed only to punish those wise enough to admit that they needed help, rather than help them. I wouldn’t be surprised if her actions directly contributed to saving a few lives out there. Mrs. Reeve, if you’re reading this, that young army private from Fort Benning that you interviewed 3 years ago still thanks you.