I won't link the piece, only because I'm feeling pretty lazy right now - and earlier, Takimag was going down under the weight of traffic. Anyone hard at work linking this to the Cult of Gnu? Not that Derb's clearly part of that as far as I know, but hey.
I've read a few responses. I'm waiting for someone to try a point by point takedown on Derb's article, specifying where the racism was, and what he got factually wrong. If no one steps on and does this (at least, no one at the appropriate major/minor media outlets), I'm going to be a little worried.
So far the closest anyone has come in my brief glance over responses was a blog entry over at First Things. Said blogger denounced what they saw as Derb's denial of human exceptionalism (not sure what the grounds were at this moment), and some weird claim that there are no races. They lost me at the last one. Yes, yes, I know some scientist claims to have taken genetic samples from a wide variety of races and argued that in terms of genetic diversity there's more difference between various people living in africa than an african and a non-african in the US. But no, if you say 'there are no races' you either have to qualify your point so ridiculously that it becomes non-applicable in the Derb conversation, or you're bullshitting, or you're delusional. And the fact is, you can argue that all of the differences between supposed 'races' come down to environmental and cultural factors, and you still haven't blunted Derb's attack at all. And that's the point, isn't it?
So I'm waiting to see if anyone steps up and takes a scalpel to his article. If no one does and the response consists entirely of "Derb is a racist, he said racist things, for SHAME", then it's going to start to look like an Emperor's Clothes situation.