British journalist, Gary Younge, explores the issue of racial hatred in America.
Award-winning British journalist, Gary Younge, explores the issue of race in America talking to white Americans about the issues that make them angry; from disappearing jobs to the rampant levels of drug use.
Younge, who spent 12 years living in and reporting on America, has a love-hate relationship with the country. For decades, understanding race in America meant commentators focussed on black people. This time, Gary Younge flips the script and talks only to white Americans, as he drives from the whitest state in the union, Maine - to the blackest, Mississippi.
He visits the northern communities of Johnstown, Pennsylvania and Portland, Maine - both cities left behind by disappearing jobs and epidemic levels of drug abuse – and hears how Trump’s emotional appeal to white people helped him secure victory in former democratic heartlands. In New Orleans, 200 years after the civil war that ended slavery, Gary finds Southern supporters of the Confederate leader, Robert E Lee, interrogates their attitudes to the confederate flag and learns why Trump resonates with them.
Younge meets one of the speakers from the Charlottesville rallies, the self -styled leader of the “alt right” Richard Spencer, and in an explosive exchange, attempts to get under the skin of his controversial views. “My kids are American, I have skin in this game. And it’s black skin. In a game where the rules are stacked against them” says Younge along the way, as he tries to find answers to why so many white Americans are feeling so anxious, so left behind and so desperate - and where their anger will lead.
Stream from Thursday 8 February On Demand
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