The Proud Boys are a multi-racial, multicultural, multi-ethnic international conservative or paleoconservative fraternal organization. Proud Boys describe themselves as "western chauvinists" and espouse pro-second amendment, pro-free speech, anti-illegal immigration, anti-fascist and anti-racist views. It was formerly led by Rebel News personality and Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes. Proud Boys tend to gather among themselves to hang out at restaurants or bars, and also attend political events either in support of or in opposition to other groups. They can typically be identified by their black and yellow Polo shirts.
Proud Boys have been vehemently mischaracterized and slandered by the liberal media, perhaps more so than any other single conservative organization in recent times. Most news outlets characterize the Proud Boys as "white supremacist", "alt-right", and "fascist", as well as accusing them of promoting political violence. Wikipedia holds strongly to this warped view, while hypocritically characterizing Antifa, a far-Left anarchist terrorist faction and hate group, as mere "political activists". It is likely Wikipedia holds this view as a result of parroting the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center, a notoriously dishonest organization (and a hate group in its own right) which Wikipedia tends to use as a source.
In actuality, the Proud Boys are a multiracial group (which even some liberal outlets have noted) and have continually denounced the Alt-Right, to the point that actual Alt-Right groups often attack them and their founder as well. The FBI has declared the Proud Boys are not extremist or terroristic. In October 2020, Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes announced he is suing Joe Biden, CNN and ‘reporters who call multiracial Patriotic group white supremacists and Nazis’. Roger Stone noted:
|"To pull off their version of a “color revolution”, Democrats and their fake news propaganda machine in mainstream media have set up a cynical diversionary effort. In recent weeks, corporate-owned Democrat shill media has been in overdrive falsely and maliciously smearing and defaming a fraternal organization called the “Proud Boys,” an extraordinarily small group of mostly young men of all races and identities (the national chairman is a black latino of Cuban descent) who are essentially a drinking society. Truly vile Democrat stooges in media have published libelous and slanderous statements falsely labeling these men as “white supremacists.” Having absolutely ZERO evidence to substantiate this defamation, all they do is cite a criminal front group run by leftist zealots called the “Southern Poverty Law Center” or SPLC (an organization whose name is three lies in one).|
The group has been slandered by numerous media outlets with mostly false claims, including the notion that they are "anti-Semitic"; while some members have been caught with promoting highly anti-Semitic falsehoods, the group has firmly denounced such bigotry.
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