Who are the Proud Boys?

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[This is from wikipedia. They don't really seem to be our kind of people. But there are some values in there that are of interest. I note one of them even went to Israel, which is not a good sign. They don't seem to take race seriously.  Jan]

The Proud Boys is a far-right,[2][3] neo-fascist[4] and male-only[5] political organization[6] that promotes and engages in political violence in the United States and Canada.[7][8][9][10][11] While the group officially rejects racism, several members have been affiliated with white supremacy, and the Proud Boys has been described by US intelligence organisations as "a dangerous white supremacist group."[12][13][14][15] The group originated in the far-right Taki’s Magazine[16] in 2016 under the leadership of Vice Media co-founder and former commentator Gavin McInnes, taking its name from the song "Proud of Your Boy" from the 2011 Disney musical Aladdin.[17][18] Although the Proud Boys emerged as part of the alt-right, McInnes distanced himself from this movement in early 2017, saying the Proud Boys was "alt-light" while the alt-right’s focus was race.[19] The re-branding effort intensified following the white supremacist Unite the Right rally.[20] Since early 2019, Enrique Tarrio, who identifies as Afro-Cuban, has been the chairman of the Proud Boys.[2][21][22]

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has said that "[w]hile the group can be described as violent, nationalistic, Islamophobic, transphobic and misogynistic, its members represent a range of ethnic backgrounds, and its leaders vehemently protest any allegations of racism."[23] Despite denying that they are a racist group, the Proud Boys tends to espouse racist ideologies and attract white supremacists as members, with founder McInnes having said, "I love being white and I think it’s something to be very proud of. I don’t want our culture diluted. We need to close the borders now and let everyone assimilate to a Western, white, English-speaking way of life."[23] The group believes men and Western culture are under siege, their views having elements of the white genocide conspiracy theory.[24][25][26] Members have participated in multiple racist events and events centered around anti-antifa, anti-left and anti-socialist violence,[5][27] with expelled member Jason Kessler organizing the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.[28][29] The Proud Boys glorify violence,[30][31][32][33] and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has called the group an "alt-right fight club."[29][34][35] The organization has been described as a hate group by NPR’s The Takeaway[36] and the SPLC,[12] while the ADL has variously described the Proud Boys as an "extremist conservative"[37] group and ideologically as primarily "alt lite."[23]

In late November 2018, an internal memo from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office showed that the FBI had designated the Proud Boys an extremist group, but it later clarified that only certain members were extremist threats with ties to white nationalism.[10][38][39][40] In 2019, two Proud Boys were sentenced to four years in prison for attempted gang assault, attempted assault and other charges for a 2018 New York incident where they attacked individuals who prosecutors said were members of antifa.[41] The Proud Boys have been banned by Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proud_Boys

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