The Life and Times of Derek Black

Hunter Wallace writes:

Derek Black is grandstanding again in a new article in The New York Times:

“I could easily have spent the night of Nov. 8 elated, surrounded by friends and family, thinking: “We did it. We rejected a multicultural and globalist society. We defied the elites, rejected political correctness, and made a statement millions of Americans have wanted to shout for decades.” …

I never would have begun my own conversations without first experiencing clear and passionate outrage to what I believed from those I interacted with. Now is the time for me to pass on that outrage by clearly and unremittingly denouncing the people who used a wave of white anger to take the White House. …”

Can we talk about Derek Black now?

In his own words, Derek is “clearly and unremittingly” denouncing us in the pages of The New York Times. When he wrote that letter to the SPLC in July 2013, we felt so bad for his father that we let it go. It was a painful and humiliating moment for the Black family. As angry as we were with Derek, no one wanted to rub salt in that wound. We were stunned that he was willing to do that to his own father and betray his own family – just to cite one example, embracing and sucking up to the people who have repeatedly attempted to get his mother fired from her job – in such a public way.

If Derek Black had wanted to quit the White Nationalist movement, he could have followed in the footsteps of countless people before him. He could have just disappeared. Even if he was bent on pursing an academic career and needed to put his past behind him, a simple “I am no longer a White Nationalist” would have sufficed. If he wanted to live his own life, nothing was stopping him from doing so. Not everyone who is born into the White Nationalist movement grows up to be a political activist. Thankfully, Derek disappeared for a few years and we were able to move on and forget he ever existed. It has been a fruitful time for the rest of us since his abrupt departure, but now he has resurfaced in a public forum and has chosen to reopen a matter we had hoped was settled.

After Derek fell off the radar screen in 2013, we occasionally heard rumors about his new life on the other side as an anti-racist:

“The Business Standard News has discovered that Derek Black is now living with a black girlfriend named Sharkeshia Johnson, wearing braids and going by the name “Darshaun.” He is also trying to launch a rap career under the name, White Chocolate. …”

Maybe it was true. Maybe it wasn’t. We laughed about that one in private. We wondered if it was true that Derek had transitioned into Darshaun aka “White Chocolate,” but as far as I know no one anywhere brought that story up in a public forum.

A few months ago, I was informed by the SPLC that they were working on a story about Derek’s departure from the White Nationalist movement. They were putting together a timeline. It struck me as odd that they would be bringing up such an old story. I figured there was about to be a new development in the Derek Black story. Sure enough, Derek resurfaced a few weeks later in a puff piece in The Washington Post:

“Their public conference had been interrupted by a demonstration march and a bomb threat, so the white nationalists decided to meet secretly instead. They slipped past police officers and protesters into a hotel in downtown Memphis. The country had elected its first black president just a few days earlier, and now in November 2008, dozens of the world’s most prominent racists wanted to strategize for the years ahead. …

For the next few hours, Don was in disbelief. Maybe Derek was pulling a prank on him. Maybe he still believed in white nationalism but just wanted an easier life.

Derek called back, and this time his mother answered. She said that she didn’t want to speak to him. She handed the phone to Don, and his voice was shaky and tearful. Derek had never heard him that way. “I can’t talk,” Don said, and he hung up again. …”

It was a feel good story for the Lügenpresse.

At the time, we were in the heat of the presidential election in October, so I let that story pass without comment as well. There were far more important things to write about going on in the world than the return of Derek Black. I assumed the upcoming SPLC story would be nothing but a rehash of the puff piece. It wasn’t.

“Regardless, it looks like it took just five days for Derek Black to completely escape the racist movement later that summer. On Friday, July 12, 2013, Derek applied to have his name legally changed. The following Monday, July 15, Derek emailed his denunciation of the racist movement to the SPLC. The next day, Tuesday, July 16, 2013, Derek withdrew $125,000 from the Charles Schwab IRA account of Stanley Paul Ratliff, a retired banker and major Stormfront donor who had died six weeks earlier at the age of 75.

As a result, by August 2013, Derek Black was out of the racist movement, working on his Master’s degree at a university far away from Florida, living under a new identity with a six-figure bank account to support whatever he wanted to do next. …

Derek was asked if he truly wanted nothing more to do with Stormfront or white nationalism (WN) how could he, in good conscience, accept such a large sum of money from one of the most generous racist moneymen in the movement. …”

The SPLC published that story on November 3 … on the eve of the presidential election. Again, there were far more important things going on in the world at the time. The revelation that Derek had cashed in a $125,000 IRA from the estate of a dead Stormfront donor the day after he denounced White Nationalism in his open letter to the SPLC did explain a throwaway comment in The Washington Post story:

“He decided to trust the U.S. government. He started drinking tap water. He had taken budget trips to Barcelona, Paris, Dublin, Nicaragua and Morocco, immersing himself in as many cultures as he could.”

That’s how the little bastard was doing it!

Derek has spent the last three years using the $125,000 to travel the world like a lil’ red-headed Anthony Bourdain … Barcelona, Paris, Dublin, Nicaragua, even Morocco. He sat in a South Florida restaurant, mounted his high horse, and lectured his poor father about “white privilege” while taking money from wealthy White Nationalists which he has used to finance his bohemian multiculturalist lifestyle!

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