I’ve read Mr. Derbyshire’s article and I too have found it rather disturbing. Yet I can’t dispute the core of what he says.
But I think he’s said things very badly, needlessly offensively and that on the whole it is unhelpful.
And since this is clearly in response to the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman incident I will write about that too.
The plain fact of the matter is this: since the let-it-all-hang-out 1960s black people have largely been granted a license to commit crime. Not by the criminal justice system and not by white people in general. By white elites, most certainly. By black people, in general or the elites, I don’t know. There seems to be a code of Omerta in many communities and a lack of leadership, but in this case I will just admit, I’m not black so I don’t know.
Black on white crime is almost never, ever described or prosecuted as hate crime. And it is likely that most of black on white crime isn’t borne out of race hatred it is just general crime of covetousness. But there are many crimes for which, if the races were reversed, the hatred motive would never be doubted. In fact we’d do nothing but hear about it, see about it, think about and “search our souls” about it for days, weeks, months on end.
Here is just one link to a senseless, lurid, black on white crime that if the races were reversed would be as famous as the Lindbergh Baby kidnapping.
Black on black crime is completely ignored. OK, not completely, it gets reported in the local media, maybe there is a case or two that breaks through to large coverage, but to be honest and without searching I can’t think of one. Yet day after day, in city after city, innocent black people are brutalized, raped and killed by other black people. Sometimes these are little children who are merely in the wrong place at the wrong time, or elderly citizens who have made the same error.
The black crime rate is out of control and the overwhelming amount of the victims are black. In fact, despite the babies and the grannies most of the vics are Trayvon Martin aged youth.
But Jesse Jackson will never have a march about that. Al Sharpton will never fulminate about that. President Obama will never be asked about that. And John Derbyshire is not concerned about that.
John Derbyshire is concerned about his children being caught up in some crime, personal or random, in which blacks are the perpetrators.
And you really can’t blame him for that concern.
And you really can’t blame all of society for being fearful of black young men. They are the primary malefactors in society. One would have to be abysmally stupid not to be wary of strange black men.
Add to this well known fact the bias of the MSM in reporting crime. Crimes with black perps and white victims are treated as though race is never a motive factor. As I say, often it may not be, but you will not hear about it even if it is.
Yet crimes where the perp is white and the vic is black get national coverage
Even when there really hasn’t been a crime committed at all. (See Lacrosse, Duke University, railroad job.)
So, this is what white Americans are up against:
The media, staffed almost entirely by white people, who don’t care about white people, who seek to damn white people (or “white-hispanic” people) even when the facts aren’t on their side. Who will falsely report stories, ignore or willfully distort evidence (as George Zimmerman’s 911 call was distorted), and evade correcting their “errors” if they can only make “white” people look bad.
Black people who are criminals and who, for the most part don’t prey upon white people, but who basically get a free pass from the MSM when and if they do.
Rabble rousers, like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton who strive for media attention and get it most easily with the man-bites-dog stories of white on black crime.
And this is what black Americans are up against:
The media, staffed almost entirely by white people, who don’t care about black people, who couldn’t care less when the victim isn’t white, unless the alleged perp is.
Black people who are criminals and who, for the most part don’t prey upon white people, but upon black people.
“Leaders” like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.
It is one thing for a white parent to tell their child to avoid black people, what advice, exactly, is a black person supposed to give their child?
Because avoiding John Derbyshire, George Zimmerman and even the Police just isn’t going to improve their odds by all that much.