And just in case you didn't get it, Dick is here to re-explain it to you.
Going from declaring your English ancestry based on your name, to deciding you are, in fact, in charge of deciding who is British only makes any sense if your parents let you sleep next to a constantly running microwave.
Though, to be fair, it took America awhile to figure out the dangers of microwaves.
Cue the mysterious Twitter girl with a cute profile photo who is overtly racist.
These are the microwave kids we have bad news for. Talking about being “ethnically British” and “replaced” isn’t about a shared culture that’s disappearing. Ancient Britons stopped being a thing in about the 5th century. Modern Britons come from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds. There are even parts of the UK where people grow up with first languages that aren’t English! And, as we can safely assume no one claiming “British ethnicity” grew up speaking ancient Celtic at home or burying dead family members in barrows, it’s clear this is just a way to say “white person” that sounds fancy.
This term has nothing to do with culture and everything to do with how much SPF you need.
That’s especially obvious when you consider it’s being said to a man named Gary Younge. A name I guess Richard thinks is … Italian? Maybe he thinks you accentuate the “e.” Also maybe he’s just really, really stupid.
He did seem put off by Gary's appearance.
But we don’t need to read facial cues to understand Dick Spencer is a racist. We can just listen to him talk. In the interview, he goes on to say that slavery was good for African Americans, because it brought them to America and spared them from living in Africa. A continent still recovering from the oppressive rule of these European ancestors Dick is so proud of. Because all his self worth comes from the crimes against humanity a bunch of people he isn’t even related to committed a hundred years ago. He has that little going on for himself. Even his hair is a total mess in this interview.
But hey #NotAllRichardSpencers
Some Richard Spencers do get that being named Richard Spencer doesn’t entitle you to declare ethnicities. It doesn’t even entitle you to free refills. The only thing this name would entitle you to is a key chain that says “Richard” or maybe “Spencer” if you’re feeling saucy, and even then, you still have to pay for it.
As awful as the interview was, the fact that it happened at all is amazing.
Though it got heated, Younge showed amazing composure considering he was being told he didn’t belong in his home country because of his skin color. It’s hard to imagine the kind of bravery it must take to approach someone who doesn’t recognize your humanity. It’s even harder to believe Spencer has only been punched in the face once.