Richard Spencer is a man who is trying to make being an actual Nazi cool again by championing racism in a bad hipster haircut and pretending he doesn't want to murder everyone. Gary Younge is a British journalist who decided to interview him to better understand the rising tide of far-right politics in America. Younge is black and Spencer is a Nazi, so, as one might expect, things didn't go too smoothly.
Gary Younge is the kind of journalist who makes the rest of us realize just how hard being a journalist really is.
In Manchester? I'll be giving the Arthur Lewis lecture on Thursday at 6pm. Come Along https://t.co/qvGzQxhCxF— Gary Younge (@Gary Younge)1510059527.0
Richard Spencer, on the other hand, is just a guy with a bad hair cut and even worse ideas.
#ItsOkayToBeWhite https://t.co/cnnIo6KP1V— Richard 🌞 Spencer (@Richard 🌞 Spencer)1509807978.0
Spencer's one "accomplishment" seems to be helping to found the alt-right, which is why we're forced to know who he is.
your semi-regular reminder that richard spencer is a dumb herb who thinks he’s smart because he wears ties and grif… https://t.co/pmQah3p6bO— b-boy bouiebaisse (@b-boy bouiebaisse)1510059490.0
But even knowing all this, the interview went far worse than anticipated.
We were concerned about giving him a platform. We didn’t anticipate he’d bring the gallows & rope & finish the job… https://t.co/o8BsYwEftl— Gary Younge (@Gary Younge)1510156946.0
The interview got heated when Spencer decided to break the news to a guy named Gary Younge from Stevenage, Hertfordshire that he's "not really British."
On a personal journey across white America, writer Gary Younge came face to face with alt-right leader Richard Spen… https://t.co/XqHCShzYRH— Channel 4 News (@Channel 4 News)1510050089.0
And just in case you didn't get it, Dick is here to re-explain it to you.
@Channel4News @Channel4 When I said "I'm Richard Spencer," I was referencing my English heritage. That's clear in the convo.— Richard 🌞 Spencer (@Richard 🌞 Spencer)1510069649.0
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.
@Channel4News @DjNeptizzle @Channel4 The stunned expression on Spencer's face when Younge introduces himself. It's… https://t.co/NUZdwrjDNi— Sandra Brobbey 78 (@Sandra Brobbey 78)1510058341.0
But hey #NotAllRichardSpencers
@Channel4News @Channel4 I'm Richard Spencer. I don't 'get to tell' @garyyounge a damn thing. I'd like to buy him a pint though.— Richard Spencer (@Richard Spencer)1510085486.0
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.
Younge's courage gave the world a cold, hard look at just who Spencer really is: Not a fancy intellectual, just a regular old racist goon whose parents could afford to send him to fancy schools.
@Channel4News @Channel4 Stunning. Just wow. Glad I come from a country that produces journalists like Gary Younge.… https://t.co/IONM47JKFi— Sean Dromgoole 💙 (@Sean Dromgoole 💙)1510050844.0
Or, you can write racist blogs for a wealthy benefactor while cashing in your trust-fund checks.
.@EvanMcLaren and I at Taki’s apartment in 2008. Not a lot has changed... https://t.co/8KUJFxawGT— Richard 🌞 Spencer (@Richard 🌞 Spencer)1510113634.0