John Derbyshire on Taylor’s new book, and more:
Goodthinkful white people will of course be appalled at all the realism expressed in Face to Face with Race. These aren’t the blacks they know from their mostly-white offices and churches, or from educated, articulate talking heads on TV.
They will have the usual excuses ready to hand: legacy of slavery, poverty, low self-esteem, racism…And are there not, they will ask, groups of whites just as dysfunctional?
Of course there are. I don’t need persuading: I grew up in public housing, and saw plenty of underclass behavior among white Britons.
As always with social topics, it’s a question of numbers and proportions.