Young, Black and Right-Wing review – you’ll never believe who their heroes are

Jonathan Foster, a journalist, said that it is not one person’s job to say it’s raining when another says it’s dry. It is your job to see out of the window and determine which one is true.” Today’s world is filled with unprecedented misinformation. It is not enough to share many views with detached voyeurism, and make them all equally valid. A TV documentary cannot claim that it is both raining and dry.

Zeze Millz, the presenter, is credited with holding some of the most dangerous rhetoric. Sometimes she responds with statistics, and admits that her subjects’ points are racist. The show is also very watchable because she is a funny and expressive host, with a tendency to roll her eyes so hard that her retinas might detach. We are able to quickly get through her political views and various approaches to being black, rightwing, and young in the brief one-hour time.

Millz retains her charisma when she meets young right-wing Britons. They are the “TikTok influencers”, “GB News generation”, and “Tory entrepreneurs”, each represented by one or two people. The most entertaining part of the show is the revelations about the personal heroes of the subjects, such as Mary Whitehouse, Jacob Rees Mogg, and Michael Gove. The only black hero cited is especially funny, as Dominique Samuels (GB News commentator) chose Kanye West because he has aged so horribly since filming.

Although arguments for being a Conservative can be complex, the programme highlights the main reasons to vote Tory. Joseph, an entrepreneur and old-school “pull your self up by the bootstraps” type of guya, is the most balanced. Millz finds Millz’s pro-capitalism agenda appealing, and Joseph supports his Gordon Gekko-esque worldview. Millz acknowledges that systemic racism is working against budding black business owners, but believes it’s up to them to work harder. Although it has some insidious undertones this is still coherent. Samuels insists that racism does not exist in Britain, and people confuse it with class conflict (it is unclear why this is better), and that sexually-violent immigrants are eroding society’s fabric. Millz is moved by the fact that refugees have managed to make it across the English border alive, and ends up crying as she watches them land. It is strange to watch that epiphany if you have a little sympathy for refugees fleeing war zones.

Hannah, a TikTok micro-influencer with hot takes, is even more puzzling. Her jumbled take would not be out of place while storming Capitol. Then, she switches to full Marxism-hating mode and then goes on to say that we must create a social safety net for women to have their rapists’ babies. Most surprising, however, is her defense of the racist abuse she received from her family. This only shows that it is futile to try and find a common core philosophy among scattered “alt-right” talking points. Millz still calls Hannah “brave” despite her occasional frustration and raised eyebrows.

Millz conveys with great intelligence that black people “are not a monolith”, but unfortunately she doesn’t go much deeper. Millz, herself, identifies as a centrist and is open to hearing other views. She also met Dawn Butler, Labour MP for the South. Both Millz and Butler discuss why they believe Labour is the best representative of black people’s interests, but also acknowledge that they need to improve. Millz ends the interview by praising the unwavering convictions of rightwingers. This conclusion is not a good fit for scrutiny, even though there’s limited space. This documentary is open to all perspectives. Isn’t it the ultimate goal of any documentary or personal philosophy to be able to change your mind after reading more information? It might be worth acknowledging that West admiring, dehumanizing refugees, and insisting that black people love only their victimhood are not views worth celebrating steadfast dedication to. However, Young, Black, and Right-Wing believe that even when it rains outside, it should not be a detriment to insist that it is dry.


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