The Proud Boys is a far-right, all-male neo-fascist political organization that promotes and engages in political violence in the United States and Canada. The group originated in the far-right Taki's Magazine 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 1992 Disney musical Aladdin.
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. The re-branding effort intensified following the white supremacist Unite the Right rally. Since early 2019, Enrique Tarrio, who identifies as Afro-Cuban, has been the chairman of the Proud Boys.
Why They're Rotten
- They ironically did what they accuse Antifa of doing which makes the already divided America an even more toxic place. This also makes them hypocrites.
- They praise Augusto Pinochet's murders of leftists and worship his dictatorship, ignoring the fact that he led his country Chile's economy down to the ground.
- They say they want to advance men, but a lot of the members don’t really do much except get into fights, drink beer, and say how “evil” liberalism is.
- They do violence against anyone who is Left-Wing making them really biased to any Left-Wingers.
- Gavin McInnes the founder even admitted to this by saying "I want violence, I want punching in the face. I'm disappointed in Trump supporters for not punching enough."
- Double Standards:
- Despite saying that victim mentality of women and other historically oppressed groups is unhealthy, they are fine with promoting gender stereotypes in which women are subservient to men and even call any feminism "a cancer".
- They got a new leader Enrique Tarrio who is Afro-Cuban despite promoting white nationalism in the group.
- Despite the fact that they don't plan on defunding the police, what the Proud Boys themselves are doing could get themselves arrested by the police.
- It got so bad that even Trump called them out at one point.
- They are the reason why Antifa and Radical BLM are winning in some areas.
- Along with QAnon they broke into buildings of the Capitol Hill in the protest against Biden.
The Only Redeeming Qualities
- Even at it's worst they do have some good points about Antifa.
- They don't plan to defund the police, despite the fact that what the Proud Boys are doing could get them arrested.
- They have taken down some members of Antifa.