National Post‘s Jonathan Kay has some interesting thoughts on the Derb and The Talk:
This is not ordinary racism. It is more interesting and antique than that: explicitly racialist in substance, but also ornamented with editorial grace notes and exhortations to humane acts of tokenism. One is reminded of, say, old-fashioned British types putting up their slide show from a safari in South Africa, or a charity trip to an inner-city school.
I recognize the style because Derbyshire wrote precisely the same sort of article about gays nine years ago. In a National Review piece entitled “The One and the Many”…
As with Derbyshire’s racism, his homophobia is leavened by a tortured intellectual effort to reconcile (a) his old-fashioned revulsion and fear at black and gay collective sub-cultures; with (b) the modern, liberal, earnestly felt reflex to treat each person as an individual.