The Proud Boys are not white supremacists.
At Unwoke Narrative, we condemn all forms of hate and violence. This post corrects the false media narrative which claims that the Proud Boys are a white-supremacist movement.
Current Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio, who is Afro-Cuban, says the group has "longstanding regulations prohibiting racist, white supremacist or violent activity”.
Their stance against racism is further backed by the fact that Tarrio was voted into his current positon, “I'm a 'person of color,' I'm a brown person, I'm chairman of the organization ... I got voted in”.
The group has membership that includes those of Black, Hispanic, and Asian backgrounds.
"We do not care what color you are or what your background ism if you love America, we consider you a brother," - Enrique Tarrio
- Maximum Freedom
- Minimal Government
- Anti Political Correctness
- Anti-Drug War
- Closed Borders
- Anti-Racial Guilt
- Pro-Free Speech (1st Amendment)
- Pro-Gun Rights (2nd Amendment)
- Glorifying the Entrepreneur
- Venerating the Housewife
- Reinstating a Spirit of Western Chauvinism.
The group condemns racism, fascism, communism, and socialism, according to numerous statements, their website, and members.
Sources: Proud Boys USA
According to the SPLC, the group is known for its "anti-Muslim and misogynistic rhetoric”, this is one of many claims the SPLC has made that the group refutes.
Co-Founder Gavin McInnes’ ongoing lawsuit with SPLC states their characterizations of him are "defamatory, false and misleading" as well as "purposefully deceitful”.
Despite the fact that several members have been convicted of crimes since 2016, there has not been a single verified Proud Boy charged with a hate crime.
Since one of the groups previous members organized a rally deemed by the media as a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA, the group has distanced themselves from extremist members by creating serious vetting processes and removing problematic members.
Misconstrued By The Media
Despite the media’s claims that the Proud Boys are a massive, wide-spread white supremacist organization, the truth is - there aren’t many of them.
Twitter, Facebook & Instagram have banned the Proud Boys, and according to an expert on ‘far-right extremists’, he’s not sure they have the infrastructure to truly mobilize large amounts of members.
“The group has multiple chapters/gangs in various locations, but it is not clear if it has an actual organizational infrastructure that can mobilize members” - Arie Perliger