Conservative Commentator: Freed Slaves ‘Preferred White Supremacy’
No, they really, really didn't.
It’s been quite a couple of weeks for John Derbyshire. After writing a stunningly racist screed that got him fired from the right-wing National Review, Derbyshire suddenly found himself free to fully express the hard-core racism that the right keeps under wraps for fear of being called out on it.
Now, before anyone complains about how I’m “painting the right with a broad brush,” stop. Just stop. Welfare Queens. Southern Strategy. Barack the Magic Negro. Don’t ReNig in 2012. Birtherism. Skinny ghetto crackhead. Reparations. Trayvon Martin “deserved” it. Ted Nugent. Food stamp president. Obama is a Muslim. Every other word out of Pat Buchanan’s mouth.
I’m not even going to provide the links. Why? If you don’t know what all of these examples mean while claiming the right is not motivated by deep racism, you literally have no idea what you are talking about. Go educate yourself or stop living in denial and come back later.
So back to Derbyshire and his explosion of pent-up racism.
Now that he’s unleashed his inner Klansman, Derbyshire appears to be making up for lost time. His newest assault on decency and reality, aside from whining about how mean liberals are for taking offense, states that black people preferred white supremacy so he was right, after all, when he made the claim that white supremacy was a good thing.
…the overwhelming majority of black Americans agree with me, and always have. From very early in the Republic, free blacks not only had the opportunity to escape from white supremacy, they were encouraged to do so by abolitionists.
And where were they supposed to escape to? Liberia.
Well that’s nice, but there were almost 4 million slaves by the end of the Civil War. Many of them had been born here, why would they want to leave to a country they’d never seen? This was home, warts and all. This is one of the most childish arguments conceivable and Derbyshire is supposed to be a conservative thought leader? Here, let me help him the fallacy of his argument:
Dear Mr. Derbyshire, I am presenting you with a choice:
A. You can stay here in America as white people become a minority. People like yourself who have made a career of being a racist scumbag will be treated like pariahs. You will find yourself ostracized, job offers will be nonexistent and you will always be afraid someone with brown skin will attack you, rob your home or ship you off to a concentration camp for Caucasians. This won’t actually happen but frightened idiots like yourself will believe it will. You will grow old in misery and self-inflicted fear and history will judge you quite harshly.
B. You can move to Bulgaria.
Do you see how stupid your argument is that black people “preferred” White Supremacy to leaving the country of their birth? Picking the less odious of two choices does not mean the lesser evil is “preferred” in the way you are clearly suggesting. I would “prefer” to be stabbed rather than shot. This does not mean I want to be stabbed.
As much as the right is trying to distance itself from Derbyshire, two facts remain: First, Derbyshire was a right-wing thought leader for years, and two, his views are just less coded than the usual right-wing talking points. The right is just mad that he’s saying what they’re thinking out loud.
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