John McWhorter is “a cranky liberal Democrat” who supported Barack Obama, reviles the War on Drugs, supports gay marriage, and never voted for George Bush. In what timeline would a liberal Democrat who supported Obama be writing for the National Review? This one. It all makes perfect sense when you learn that he’s Black and he’s got something to say about how White folks should not think about or discuss racial issues.
On matters of race and identity, National Review eagerly defers to the enlightened opinion of the nearest Black man. McWhorter is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. His piece is too honest for a liberal Democrat publication. It could only be published at National Review because this Black man, a respected academic, defies liberal orthodoxy by coming out and saying what only a Black man would be allowed to say in our popular press; that the data confirming racial differences is pretty damn credible.