I mentioned the John Derbyshire imbroglio yesterday evening. I've appreciated the comments from readers providing their perspective on the points I raised, and I'll probably work on a more in-depth article to continue the discussion at some future date.
Meanwhile, Mr. Derbyshire has responded to all the fuss in an interview with Gawker. Here's a brief excerpt. Gawker's questions are in bold print, followed by his answers.
Have you been following the internet outcry about your article?
I can't really say so. I looked at a couple, but they seemed very malicious—willfully distorting what I wrote. A lot of the PC left is just hysterically deranged. Why read stuff by deranged people? I'd rather play FreeCell.
Is racism — yours or other people's — a problem?
... My own sense of the thing is that underneath the happy talk, underneath the dogged adherence to failed ideas and dead theories, underneath the shrieking and anathematizing at people like me, there is a deep and cold despair. In our innermost hearts,we don't believe racial harmony can be attained. Hence the trend to separation. We just want to get on with our lives away from each other. Yet for a moralistic, optimistic people like Americans, this despair is unbearable. It's pushed away somewhere we don't have to think about it. When someone forces us to think about it, we react with fury. That little boy in the Andersen story about the Emperor's new clothes? The ending would be more true to life if he had been lynched by a howling mob of outraged citizens.
There's more at the link. Recommended reading, providing much food for thought.