To read the Corner today was to be reminded that some are immune to the grace and hope and civility that Reagan summoned at his best; the anger and bitterness is so palpably fueled by fear and racism it really does mark a moment of revelation to me.
Fear and racism? Nah, not John Derbyshire:
I have enjoyed much harmless merriment from contemplating the names of African politicians. There's been a bit of a lull recently, since the passing of such as the Rev. Canaan Banana and Oginga Odinga (father of the loser in December's contested Kenyan election).
Now a new generation of can't-help-but-smile African onomastic pioneers has taken the stage. Let's give a hearty welcome to Tokyo Sexwale, Enoch Godongwana, and Playfair Morule.
Ha ha ha - hilarrrrrrious Derb. You are an honor to your magazine.
[UPDATE: Almost missed this gem:
Segregation was not "the law of the land" in the 1950s. It was the law in a minority of states.
Good point - it was barely a problem at all I suppose.
I think it's time that National Review put him out to pasture. In fact, the African name post is particularly obnoxious given that he knew everyone would be checking out the Corner today for reaction to the race speech. The fact that he chose this day for this post tells you pretty much everything you need to know about this ongoing embarrassment of a man.