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Monday, April 09, 2012

Was Eric Holder Right About Not Having a Race Discussion?

John Derbyshire, a conservative columnist and occasional contributor to National Review, was recently involuntarily retired by NRO for his recent provocative article on race and racial politics in TAKI magazine. (I've never heard of it either.) His most controversial point was that there is a higher percentage of blacks than whites with very low IQs. Interestingly, he linked to another source that suggested this point, but his mere mention of it shows an apparent agreement, which is a definite no-no for journalists (and all Americans for that matter).

No doubt that many people will find the subject of race very controversial and not worth the risk of even approaching it. (What gain is there for anyone to discuss it, particularly if you are white?) From that standpoint, Eric Holder was right that we don't want to talk about race. And for good reason - it puts an easy target on your back.