Monday, April 09, 2012
Trapped in the Elevator
Derbyshire was sacked from his job for his note on The Talk.
The Talk is a mythical Black father to son advice about the need to be careful in a dangerous world where the KKK would be waiting for him. Derby's Talk is something of a parody about a White father's advice to his son about the dangers of interacting with Black people. Derby's Talk was considered provocative and he was sacked.
The case shows the limits of public debate on race in America. Blacks are a protected group, not to be offended but flattered and their difficulties in coping with modern life explained away. They should be dealt with as if chance had trapped one in a stuck elevator with a large, drunk, aggressive moron looking for a pretext to start a fight. You cannot open the door and exit, and you are terrified of provoking the drunk. I personally have been in these situations.
Once White people did not fear Blacks. There was even affection between them, like in Huckleberry Finn. But relative power positions have changed.
I haven't met a Black American in five years, so for me the issue is theoretical. Local Blacks - Ethiopians and Erythrean refugees - are few, skinny and harmless.