National Review Fires Two Writers In Two Weeks For Racist Remarks
Whoever says we’ve transitioned into a post-racial society with the election of the first African-American president in the history of the United States is a bit premature. Sure it’s nice to think, but the recent headlines and common knowledge prove quite the contrary.
Ask anyone affiliated with the National Review. In a span of two weeks, the New York based magazine has fired two contributors because of racially inflammatory comments at a speaking engagement.
“Unbeknownst to us, occasional Phi Beta Cons contributor Robert Weissberg (whose book was published a few years ago by Transaction) participated in an American Renaissance conference where he delivered a noxious talk about the future of white nationalism. He will no longer be posting here. Thanks to those who brought it to our attention,” said National Review editor Rich Lowry in a statement.
Just a week ago, the magazine also severed tied with John Derbyshire after the contributor wrote a racially charged piece for another publication. Again, National Review editor Rich Lowry released a statement regarding the termination: “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. Derb is effectively using our name to get more oxygen for views with which we’d never associate ourselves otherwise. 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.”
This situation at the National Review only adds to the already heightened level of tension involving race in America particularly now during the Trayvon Martin case. Going forward it will be interesting to see how big of a role race will play in the upcoming election.