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Recently, columnist John Derbyshire wrote something inflammatory intended to get attention related to the Trayvon Martin case and attention it got. It was all about his version of “The Talk,” like the one you have to your kids about the birds and bees, only it was about staying away from most, if not all black people.

It doesn’t quite explain how Trayvon Martin got shot just for walking home from a 7-11 by a man the 911 operator told to stay in his car, but I digress.

Among the “advice” Derbyshire gives:

(10e) If you are at some public event at which the number of blacks suddenly swells, leave as quickly as possible.

(10f) Do not settle in a district or municipality run by black politicians.

(10g) Before voting for a black politician, scrutinize his/her character much more carefully than you would a white.

(10h) Do not act the Good Samaritan to blacks in apparent distress, e.g., on the highway.

(10i) If accosted by a strange black in the street, smile and say something polite but keep moving.

(11) The mean intelligence of blacks is much lower than for whites. The least intelligent ten percent of whites have IQs below 81; forty percent of blacks have IQs that low. Only one black in six is more intelligent than the average white; five whites out of six are more intelligent than the average black. These differences show in every test of general cognitive ability that anyone, of any race or nationality, has yet been able to devise. They are reflected in countless everyday situations. “Life is an IQ test.”

So you know? The usual. Derbyshire starts off with some “respect those who respect you” pseudo rational babble, then devolves into some unfoundable figure of how “five percent of blacks are hostile to whites.” He then further goes down the rabbit hole that every black person is one step from whipping out a match and shouting “Burn, baby, burn”.

Fine. Nothing new here to see. It’s your typical Bell Curve argument that it’s science that black people have “issues.”

What’s disturbing is when black people buy into that logic. Case in point, a debate broke out over whether or not black people should internalize Derbsyhire’s message in this comment thread as some kind of bold truth-telling, largely ignoring the fact that he doesn’t make any real distinction between genders or types of black people. Just that because, according to him five percent of us are nuts, so you should probably avoid the other 95 percent.

Based on that logic, you – as a black person – shouldn’t attend your historically black sorority boule. You shouldn’t go to anything related to the Congressional Black Caucus. Even if it’s a party the president is hosting. You also probably shouldn’t go to church (or any black church for that matter). Don’t attend a historically black college or university. Don’t join any kind of organization from the NAACP to the Urban League to Jack & Jill. Don’t go to a Beyonce concert. Don’t go to a Juneteenth barbecue. Don’t go to the UniverSoul circus or your own family reunions. Don’t visit Washington, D.C., Atlanta or pretty much any large urban center. Don’t visit large parts of the rural South.

You know? Because those places are full of black people. Move to Idaho.

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  1. Tonton Michel

    Great article. simple and clear, yet amazing how many heads this will still fly over.

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  2. Great Article..I think the biggest takeaway is the word INTENT…people really do need to pay attention to the messenger…just like how everyone hopped on the “KONY” bandwagon and jumped down the throats of it’s critics…no critical thinking involved…

    I always feel that, in terms of incentive, there is very little reason for whites to support blacks..aside from pure morality. However, most people are not motivated by morality alone, that;s very rare. So, I don’t care how liberal of a person you are…if you have privilege in society it only makes sense that you want to keep it. I can’t fault the black ppl who do agree with what some of this guy said, I just fault people for not recognizing that the intent of both opinions are totally different (or maybe not)..and all it leads to is reinforcing the status quo.

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  3. “Subconsciously, they know that historically and even today, many black Americans have to deal with the burden of being black”.

    Being Black is a blessing and far from a burden.

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