Gary Younge


Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

At the Protests for Trayvon Martin in New York City

The picture above shows Times Square on Sunday night, during the protest for Trayvon Martin. As I took this photo the woman with the loudspeaker was yelling out “We are here to say that black lives have value.” That is what the demonstrations boil down to. When the Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman, something snapped

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

White History Month

… So much of Black History Month takes place in the passive voice. Leaders “get assassinated,” patrons “are refused” service, women “are ejected” from public transport. So the objects of racism are many but the subjects few....

Monday, November 1st, 2010

American Election

Some of the things that come out of the mouths of American voters in Gary Younge’s excellent online series of short video reports (for “The Guardian”) ahead tomorrow’s US midterm elections is just odd. People really say...

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Who Are We?

My man Gary Younge, New York-based feature writer and columnist for The Guardian, has a new book out on 21st century identity politics: Who are We–And Should It Matter in the 21st Century? The clips above and below,...

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Video: The Media and Obama

I was one of the principal organizers of this “conversation” between journalists and commentators Gary Younge and Ian Buruma last Friday night at The New School in Manhattan. (I make a small cameo at the start of...

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009


Barack Obama may be joking about his blackness, but as Gary Younge, the excellent Guardian journalist based in New York City (and a neighbor) breaks it down in the commentary for the BBC below, there’s something racial...