Derbyshire in His Own Words

Ta-Nehisis Coates quotes John Derbyshire:

I am a homophobe, though a mild and tolerant one, and a racist, though an even more mild and tolerant one.

Coates seems to think this establishes something about how unsavoury a character Derbyshire is, but what it really shows is that Derbyshire is a reflective and honest person. Because anyone who claims to be entirely free of prejudice is stupid or dishonest or both.

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One thought on “Derbyshire in His Own Words

  1. Bingo. Spot on; everyone has prejudices; the difference between intellectuals of the right, as opposed to those on the left, is honest self-examination / introspection, as Derb exemplifies.

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