National Review Fires John Derbyshire for Appallingly Racist Column

The National Review has fired John Derbyshire after the columnist wrote an op-ed for another site essentially advocating eugenics and segregation. Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review, posted a statement late Saturday night after many protested, both outside and within the magazine:

His latest provocation, in a webzine, lurches from the politically incorrect to the nasty and indefensible. We never would have published it, but the main reason that people noticed it is that it is by a National Review writer. [...] So there has to be a parting of the ways. Derb has long danced around the line on these issues, but this column is so outlandish it constitutes a kind of letter of resignation. It’s a free country, and Derb can write whatever he wants, wherever he wants. Just not in the pages of NR or NRO, or as someone associated with NR any longer.

Of course, as others have pointed out, Derbyshire's most recent screed was just a version of the vitriol he's been spewing in the National Review for years, so it's interestingthat he's finally gotten the boot. (In 2009, he advocated revoking women's suffrage!) But Derbyshire tying his horrific column to the Trayvon Martin murder at a particularly tumultuous time in America's racial history no doubt factored in. That said... perhaps Rich Lowry should also fire himself? 

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at April 9, 2012, 4:15am

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