Over the summer, journalist Gary Younge traveled across the East Coast, from Maine to Mississippi, to figure out why the hell America would vote for Donald Trump after electing President Obama twice. During his journey to figure out just how ignorant American voters are for The Guardian, Younge met with white supremacist Richard Spencer and described his encounter, saying:
When I encountered Spencer at Montgomery Bell park, he emerged carrying a glass of what smelled like bourbon and an entourage of adoring bigots soon surrounded me in the car park. More odious troll than eloquent polemicist, he claimed, among other things, that Africans had benefited from white supremacy and that, despite having been banned from 26 European countries, Europe would always be more his home than mine.
There was a silver lining, however, this was no ordinary interview with Spencer. Younge had no interest in letting the avowed racist spout his talking points and then walk away unscathed, instead he dismantled each one of the racist views piece by piece. In a video of the interview, Spencer tells the journalist,”Africans have benefitted from their experience with white supremacy.” Younge, disgusted, responds,”Really? I’m just gonna leave that out there. You know, that is not even worth challenging.”
Spencer, of course, couldn’t let it go, he continued to insist that black people are better off because they were enslaved and brought to America where they continue to suffer systematic and brutal discrimination. Younge rips apart his argument and finally ends the interview saying:
The interview is over, you’ve got nothing to say. I was looking for someone who could give some intellectual ballast to what’s going on in this country in terms of race, in terms of white people, but I found the wrong guy. Because you don’t know what you’re talking about.
Younge’s brutal, but polite, takedown was absolutely perfect. Unfortunately, the Spencer learned nothing, he still believes white people are superior and continues traveling the country poisoning the minds of Americans. The “alt-right” movement is a cancer on America and Spencer, along with his leader Donald Trump, are doing everything thing they can to make sure it is fatal for our democracy.
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) November 7, 2017