ichard 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.
He wanted to know more about the rising influence of the far right in America, but struggled with how to interview Spencer without validating him or his views. This is because Younge is someone who is capable of introspection and rational thought, and seems to care about the effect he has on the world at large.
Richard Spencer, on the other hand, is just a guy with a bad hair cut and even worse ideas.
As have many mediocre white men before him, Spencer has found a niche “career” peddling basic racism as though it’s some kind of intellectual revelation. He seems to have just figured out what many spectacularly subpar humans discovered long ago: that racism is easy and acting like your skin color is an accomplishment can allow you to feel pride without actually having to, you know, accomplish anything. Because that would require work, which can be a real bummer for wealthy white kids who’ve never had to pay their own bills.
Spencer’s one “accomplishment” seems to be helping to found the alt-right, which is why we’re forced to know who he is.
And by that we mean he literally started a website called “AlternativeRight.com” and insists he’s the first man to have come up with that term. He was then hired by another rich kid who never amounted to much on his own and together they set off to spread the idea that white people should get credit for being born. Because learning to treat people well and function in a diverse society requires a little effort — and a little effort is way too much work for these boys.
But even knowing all this, the interview went far worse than anticipated.
Mostly because Spencer isn’t actually that good at making racism seem fancy. He seems to just assume if you’re a tall white guy in a jacket you can say literally whatever you want and it simply must be taken seriously. Have you seen his jacket, though? He has a jacket!
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.”
Spencer tells Younge that he’s “not really” British and asserts that he has the authority to say that because his name is Richard Spencer. Okay. Forget that Dick here grew up as a forgettable prep-school kid in suburban Dallas. He gets to decide who is British because he has a British-sounding name.