Right Wing Rant: Maya Angelou ‘Talentless,’ ‘Whining,’ ‘Affirmative Action Mediocrity’
Former National Review columnist John Derbyshire, now apparently writing for White Nationalist site VDARE, wrote a column about Maya Angelou’s passing and Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Atlantic article ‘The Case for Reparations’ attacking what he calls “talentless Affirmative Action mediocrities.”
He writes, “Maya Angelou. I first heard that name in 1993, when she read one of her ‘poems’ at the Clinton inauguration. It was a quite sensationally bad poem. I remember being shocked by how bad it was. With the whole world watching, this is how the U.S.A. presents itself to the world? With this semi-literate gibberish?”
Then it gets quite, quite racist.
Derbyshire writes “it goes without saying that none of the formal devices of English verse, developed and refined across centuries, were employed by Ms. Angelou. She probably thought them unacceptably white. Her contribution to the 1993 inauguration was formless, meaningless babble.”
He then ties Coates’ reparations article into his slamming of Angelou, writing “in short, another Affirmative Action mediocrity. For fifty years now we’ve been giving breaks to blacks, and not just Affirmative Action sinecures like those enjoyed by Ta-Nehisi Coates and the late, but equally talentless, Ms. Angelou.”
He concludes by saying “we have pretty much dismantled our civilization in an effort to accommodate blacks. And they still complain. The Ta-Nehisi Coateses, Eric Holders, and Maya Angelous seem, in their impenetrable narcissism, to hear their own voices as the groans of an oppressed race from under the iron heel of White Supremacy. Those voices sound to me more like the whining of pampered pets.”