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British writer fired by leading American magazine for writing racist article

London, Mon, 09 Apr 2012 ANI

London, Apr 9 (ANI): British writer, John Derbyshire has been sacked by The National Review, a leading American magazine, on charges of writing a racist article.

His article, "The Talk: Nonblack Version", which was inspired by reactions of the public to the death of Trayvon Martin, appeared to urge white children to avoid black people, the Telegraph reports.

According to the report, Derbyshire was dismissed by The National Review following sharp criticism of his piece published by Taki's, an internet magazine published by the veteran conservative journalist Taki Theodoracopulos.

Trayvon Martin was a 17 yr-old black kid, whose killer is yet to be arrested by the Sanford police in Florida.

Derbyshire wrote that parents of white and Asian children should teach them not to "attend events likely to draw a lot of blacks", who he said were generally less intelligent and more dangerous.

He recommended befriending "intelligent and well-socialised blacks (IWSBs)" to evade prejudiced opinions, but warned, "The demand is greater than the supply, so IWSBs are something of a luxury good, like antique furniture or corporate jets."

Derbyshire in his article wrote: "A small cohort of blacks - in my experience, around five per cent - is ferociously hostile to whites and will go to great lengths to inconvenience or harm us."

Ta-Nehisi Coates, a senior editor at The Atlantic magazine and is black, retorted, "Let's not over-think this: John Derbyshire is a racist."

He pointed out that in a 2003 interview, Derbyshire described himself as a "homophobe, though a mild and tolerant one, and a racist, though an even more mild and tolerant one".

Rich Lowry, the editor of National Review, in his statement, said that Derbyshire's piece had lurched "from the politically incorrect to the nasty and indefensible" and forced "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," the report quoted Lowry as saying.

Derbyshire remained unavailable for comment. (ANI)

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