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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.”

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Igor Derysh is the Managing Editor of Latest. com and a syndicated columnist whose work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald, Baltimore Sun, and Orlando Sun Sentinel, and AOL News. His work has been criticized in even more publications. Follow him on Twitter @IgorDerysh

  • glogrrl

    STFU, Derbyshire. You’re not fit to wipe her shoes.

  • Gerald Jones

    Who are you again? Just another person trying to eat off of someone else’s plate. You feel you have to trash someone else’s name and accomplishments just to get some pub. Funny, but also rather sad

  • Henry Morgan

    There is a Idiot born every second and it is this type of rhetoric and lack of knowledge that these fools flood the air ways and the newspapers with. It’s not a matter of time any more its a matter of when this ignorance unlearned rhetoric shall stop. Yet we must remember the bible said that there would be fools with us always.

  • Patrick John Blackburn

    I met Eric Holder some years back. No hint at that time that he would rise to become Attorney General of the United States. Struck me as an unusually kind, smart person. Angelou? I’ve always been a little mystified as to who she is and why so many people considered her a “treasure” or whatever. Perhaps she is/was…as I say, I don’t know. As far as this yahoo who wants “reparations”….get a job.

    • VegasNevada

      You can say that about lots of people. We even had presidents selling people for molasses, yet they’re celebrated. They’re not much of a “treasure” or whatever.

      • Patrick John Blackburn

        True enough.

    • Deana Bowlds

      Gosh. If you missed the distance Eric Holder would eventually travel and you are “mystified” about Angelou’s eventual success and fame, MAYBE you just don’t have your finger on the pulse of those qualities that comprise intelligence and success?

  • quiver366

    Republicans do not have an apprieciation for anything they cannot own, kill or f##k.

  • Eugenia Oliphant

    John who? I don’t think we will see him around the throne!

  • Eady Trice Morgan

    Why was it necessary to say anything unpleasant about Ms. Angelou? What kind of world are we living in when we show my respect for the recently departed.

  • Christine Schultz Spencer

    Shameful, little, little man. Angelou’s, was an exceptional and amazing life and amazing talent. You could not begin to measure up to her.

  • F William Baldwin

    You should choose your words more carefully when speaking of our honored dead. She was not perfect, but she sought out ways to enhance peace, love and unity through her words. This is obviously what you are incapable of doing, so you sir, and those like you, are in fact the truly mediocre.

  • aadams1029

    “De mortuis nihil nisi bonum” – “Do not speak ill of the dead”, quote from Chilon of Sparta, 600 A.D. ……..you jerk!!