Far-right provocateur and former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos recently made headlines after an extensive BuzzFeed report.
The report detailed his efforts to fight a culture war, his private passwords that at times referred to violent episodes in the early Nazi movement, and a video of him singing “America the Beautiful” at a private event as avowed Nazi Richard Spencer gave a Nazi-esque salute, among other items.
But in an unpublished interview with FastForward Magazine, a long-running San Francisco Bay Area magazine written by high-school students, Yiannopoulos said he had never met a racist.
“To be honest with you, I don’t know how many genuine racists there are left in the United States,” Yiannopoulous said in the interview, a transcript of which was obtained by Business Insider.
“I’ve never met one. Maybe there are two-thousand of them left. We constantly hear about them — this alt-right, KKK thing that the media is obsessed on pushing, on telling us about, I’ve never found one,” he said.
The interview was conducted earlier this summer, said Matt Geffen, the student editor that shared the transcript with Business Insider. FastForward Magazine decided not to publish the interview “since the content is not entirely appropriate for our middle- and high-school demographic,” Geffen said.
In March 2016, Yiannopoulous quoted several sources and wrote thousands of words detailing the alt-right for Breitbart, which its former editor and one-time counselor to President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, once called “the platform for the alt right.”
Yiannopoulous has said that he traffics in pointed racial commentary as a means of creating satire.
Business Insider Emails & Alerts
Site highlights each day to your inbox.