Posted on September 7, 2011

Black Conservative Writer and Blogger Dies in Brooklyn

Samuel Newhouse, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, September 2, 2011

A conservative writer and editor who lived in seclusion and said her work was dedicated against “notions of victimization and collective entitlement prevalent in the black community” recently died in Brooklyn.

Doris Elizabeth Wright, who wrote under the name Elizabeth D. Wright, died on Aug 11 at the Calvary Hospice in Bay Ridge at 74. The cause of death was believed to be breast cancer, said a close friend. The blogosphere erupted with the news. The Booker T. Washington Society in Vermont, of which Wright was a founding member, posted the news first, followed quickly by American Renaissance, a self-described “racialist” magazine, and then on, an anti-racist blog, under the headline, “Rot in Hell!”


Booker T. Washington Society President Ronald Court bristled at hearing Wright lumped in with racists. “My goodness, have they no shame?” he said. “I’ve never heard her say anything in relation to herself, that she was self-loathing. Why would she be?”

Wright, who lived in the Bronx, founded the quarterly newsletter Issues & Views in 1985. Around 2000, she converted the newsletter into a blog.

Well-known minority conservatives had articles printed by her newspaper and referenced her work. Stanford University senior fellow Thomas Sowell had pieces printed in the newsletter. George Mason University Professor Walter E. Williams was an advisor to the newsletter.

“She was matter-of-fact,” William Craft, the author and publisher of Phoenix Publications, who was a friend of Wright’s. “Very matter-of-fact, with statements she made and, that’s something a lot of our people can’t handle, the truth. They’d rather deal with fantasy than face reality.”

{snip} Wright’s name was sufficiently well known that in “The End of Racism,” Dinesh D’Souza included Wright in a list of some of America’s most prominent black conservatives. He wrote, “The only people who are seriously confronting black cultural deficiencies and offering constructive proposals for dealing with them are members of a group we can call the reformers. Many of them are conservatives such as Clarence Thomas, Colin Powell, Thomas Sowell … Elizabeth Wright.”

{snip} said that Wright was a shut-in. American Renaissance writer Jared Taylor said she refused to meet with him in person although he asked several times. Craft said he had only met her four times. Court also never met her.


But Cartrell Gore, 59, of Flatbush, a high school teacher and local politician, was friends with Wright for 20 years. He said she was not a recluse, and that neighbors knew her as “a nice old lady.” “She grew up on welfare [in Virginia],” Gore said. “Her siblings decided to stay on welfare, and she decided to work for a living. So because of that when she left for college, she never looked back or contacted her family after that.”

Gore also denied that Wright was racist.

“She was very concerned about her race to the extent that I knew. She was antagonistic to some of what she called hucksters, she often used that term, who had solutions that she called meaningless. To that she was hostile.”


[Editor’s Note: Read Jared Taylor’s obituary of Miss Wright here.]