REBEL YELL: ‘Proud Boys’, Who Are They & What Do They Want?

Source – deseret.com

“…The Proud Boys are a men’s organization founded in 2016 by Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes. McInnes has described the Proud Boys as a pro-Western fraternal organization for men who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world; aka Western Chauvinists”

Trump mentioned the Proud Boys, but who are they? – By Jeff Parrott 

“Proud Boys, stand back and stand by,” President Donald Trump said at Tuesday’s presidential debate when asked if he would condemn white supremacists groups.

A member of Utah Citizens’ Alarm who did not give his name gathers with others at Valley Regional Park in Taylorsville on Friday, July 10, 2020.
A member of Utah Citizens’ Alarm wearing a Proud Boys hat who did not give his name gathers with others at Valley Regional Park in Taylorsville on Friday, July 10, 2020. President Donald Trump mentioned the Proud Boys in Tuesday’s presidential debate.
 Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Who are the Proud Boys?

During Tuesday’s first presidential debate of 2020, moderator Chris Wallace, a Fox News host, asked President Donald Trump if he was willing to condemn white supremacist and militia groups and ask them to “stand down and not add to violence” in cities experiencing protests.

The president asked Wallace what he should call such groups and Democratic nominee Joe Biden suggested the Proud Boys.

“Proud Boys, stand back and stand by,” Trump said. “But I’ll tell you what, somebody’s got to do something about antifa and the left.”

Who are the Proud Boys?

 

The Proud Boys have defined themselves as “western chauvinists” — as in the perspective of caucasian global west, not the western United States.

“We are a fraternal organization like the Elks Lodge. One-hundred percent of us are Western chauvinists which simply means we all believe the West is the Best,” wrote founder Gavin McInnes in 2017.

Although the Proud Boys insist they are “essentially a drinking club dedicated to male bonding, socializing and the celebration all things related to western culture,” the Anti-defamation League writes, they “bear many hallmarks of a gang.” This includes participating in violent behavior.

When did they begin?

 

The “men’s organization” was founded by McInnes in 2016, according to the website Proud Boy Magazine. McInnes, who says he left the group two years later, was living in New York City at the time.

McInnes was born in England, but grew up in Canada, The New York Times reported. He later founded Montreal-based magazine Vice and moved to Brooklyn, New York, before starting the Proud Boys.

What are their values?

 

The Proud Boys say their values are similar to modern conservative ideas like “minimal government,” “maximum freedom” and are pro-First and Second Amendment.

On their magazine’s website, they write that they are also anti-drug war, anti-racism, support closed borders and “glorifying the entrepreneur.”

They also claim to stand up for “anti-racial guilt,” “venerating the housewife,” and “reinstating a spirit of Western chauvinism.”

But contradictory values like western chauvinism and anti-racism are difficult to rectify.

Are they violent?

 

McInness has said the Proud Boys are not a violent organization, but their actions have said otherwise. “We don’t start fights but we will finish them,” he wrote on the magazine’s website.

The Proud Boys have participated in protest and counter-protests during public outcry of police brutality and anti-facism the past several years. On Wednesday in Oregon, Portland police arrested a man who identified as a Proud Boy member for allegedly pointing a handgun at protesters during an August rally, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported.

The Proud Boy was charged and is being held on “multiple assault charges, pointing a firearm at another, unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful use of tear gas, stun gun or mace,” according to the news report.

Digging deeper into their founder’s digital radio show and the actions of the group, the Proud Boys have represented startling positions.

“We will kill you. That’s the Proud Boys in a nutshell. We will kill you,” he said on “The Gavin McInnes Show” in the summer of 2016, according to the Right Wing Watch.

In 2018, McInnes acted out the 1960 political assassination of a Japanese Socialist Party leader at Proud Boys gathering in the Manhattan’s New York Metropolitan Republican Club, reported New York publication Bedford + Bowery. A fight broke out after the speech between protesters and Proud Boys members.

At the time, McInnes said he was “dissociating myself from the Proud Boys” after 10 members faced criminal charges for the violent confrontation in New York, ABC News reported.

“I quit,” he said. “I’m told by my legal team and law enforcement that this gesture will help alleviate their sentencing.”

Two Proud Boys members were later convicted of “attempted gang assault, attempted assault and riot,” The New York Times reported.

Proud Boy members have also sold T-shirts that said “Pinochet did nothing wrong” — referring to the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet who tortured and killed thousands of political enemies — and chanted similar calls at Trump rallies in 2019.

Proud Boys revel in Trump’s debate nod

The president did not directly condemn white supremacist organizations Tuesday evening, and the Proud Boys noticed.

Members of the group immediately began making memes of the president wearing Proud Boy affiliated attire and posting them to the web, The Washington Post reported.

The group also said they were seeing a spike in “new recruits,” according to The New York Times.

The Trump campaign spokesman said the president has “repeatedly, over the course of years now, denounced white supremacists and has been consistent in doing that,” according to Fox News.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, the president said he “didn’t know who the Proud Boys are,” Axios reported.

Related…

‘Proud Boys’, Who Are They?

The Proud Boys are a men’s organization founded in 2016 by Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes. McInnes has described the Proud Boys as a pro-Western fraternal organization for men who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world; aka Western Chauvinists.

Proud Boys‘ values center on the following tenets:

Minimal Government
Maximum Freedom
Anti-Political Correctness
Anti-Drug War
Closed Borders
Anti-Racial Guilt
Anti-Racism
Pro-Free Speech (1st Amendment)
Pro-Gun Rights (2nd Amendment)
Glorifying the Entrepreneur
Venerating the Housewife
Reinstating a Spirit of Western Chauvinism

Though these are our central tenets, all that is required to become a Proud Boy is that a man declare he is “a Western chauvinist who refuses to apologize for creating the modern world.” We do not discriminate based upon race or sexual orientation/preference. We are not an “ism”, “ist”, or “phobic” that fits the Left’s narrative. We truly believe that the West Is The Best and welcome those who believe in the same tenets as us. We have an international reach, with members spanning the globe. If you have any questions or would like get in contact with your local chapter, feel free to contact us directly via our staff page. This, after all, the one and only Proud Boy Magazine. For Proud Boys, by Proud Boys. UHURU!

If you’re interested here are some additional articles and video clips to shed some more light on our movement. In fact, here are a few Gavin has written for this website.

We Are Not Alt-Right

Clarification on the 4th Degree

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Proud Boys: Who Are They?

 

 

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