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US Who are the Proud Boys? Far-right group has concerned experts for years

04:35  01 october  2020
04:35  01 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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The Proud Boys have a history of street violence against leftwing activists and protest movements. In recent months they have repeatedly turned up to oppose Black Lives Matter or Antifa demonstrations, with their presence often sparking violent clashes. Last year , two members were jailed for four years

The Proud Boys is a far - right neo-fascist male-only organization that promotes and engages in political violence. It is based in the United States and has a presence in Australia

The Proud Boys, a far-right group with a history of violent confrontations, is gaining increased national scrutiny as academics and advocates have warned the group has ties to white supremacy.

The Proud Boys were catapulted to the forefront in a debate Tuesday night when President Donald Trump dodged a chance to condemn them. 

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The Proud Boys Girls is the female auxiliary of the men-only group founded by McInnes in 2016. “Anybody who has watched the news recently can see that the United States appears divided. Any time you are dealing with groups who are espousing hate, it’s certainly a concern for law enforcement

So who are the Proud Boys and their banned-from-Twitter leader? The group has a magazine where members who win fights are celebrated with the slogan, “They fucked around. As Jared Holt at Right Wing Watch told me, “ The Proud Boys have been the right wing’s enforcers in the streets

That's worrying to Amy Cooter, a Vanderbilt University senior lecturer who studies nationalism, race and ethnicity. Cooter told USA TODAY on Wednesday that the Proud Boys have a history of tolerating racism among their ranks, associating with overtly racist figures and are becoming increasingly armed as they mingle with other right-leaning groups.

a man wearing a black shirt: A man wears a Proud Boy vest as several hundred members of the Proud Boys and other similar groups gathered at Delta Park in Portland, Oregon on September 26, 2020. © MARANIE R. STAAB, AFP via Getty Images A man wears a Proud Boy vest as several hundred members of the Proud Boys and other similar groups gathered at Delta Park in Portland, Oregon on September 26, 2020.

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The Proud Boys publicly deny supporting white supremacy and style the group as a counterbalancing force against the loosely organized anti-fascist movement known as Antifa, Cooter said.

The Proud Boys were founded in 2016 by Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes and described themselves at the time as a politically incorrect men’s club for “Western chauvinists." 

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Gavin McInnes, center, founder of the far - right group Proud Boys , is surrounded by In a video posted to YouTube on Wednesday, Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes publicly claimed to have quit the far - right group . Who are the Proud Boys , 'western chauvinists' involved in political violence?

Who are the Proud Boys , the far - right hate group Trump told to ‘stand by’? Having left VICE in 2008, he has for years expounded extreme views on whiteness, masculinity and political culture in general – in particular that political correctness is crushing American masculinity, and that the West

Current Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio, who is Afro-Cuban, says the group has "longstanding regulations prohibiting racist, white supremacist or violent activity," Ronald D. Coleman wrote in an email to USA TODAY. Coleman said he is a spokesman for the Proud Boys.

"We do not care what color you are or what your background is ... if you love America ... we consider you a brother," Tarrio said in a written statement provided by Coleman. The group condemns racism, fascism, communism and socialism, the statement says.

The group is known for its "anti-Muslim and misogynistic rhetoric," according to The Southern Poverty Law Center, a legal advocacy organization that has designated the Proud Boys as a hate group. The SPLC has been warning about the group's violent tendencies for years.

The Proud Boys have become an increasingly visible part of ongoing social unrest as the group's demonstrations have frequently devolved into fights and violence. When the Proud Boys met with counterprotesters in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in August, the tensions boiled over into fights requiring law enforcement to step in.

Last weekend in Portland, Oregon, hundreds of people – dozens of them wearing militarized body armor – gathered for a rally organized by the Proud Boys. Although law enforcement said the rally ended without serious violence, videos showed an assault after a suspect kicked a man who was livestreaming at the rally.

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The other group is the Proud Boys , a group who have been connected to violent protests in the past year , who are planning a rally in Portland, Oregon, on Aug. But the narrative that both groups paint of themselves, unsurprisingly, differs at points from that of outside hate group experts and religious

The Proud Boys have been widely condemned as a hate group . Facebook and Instagram have The brawl lasted about 60 seconds. A third video filmed by a man who was with the Proud Boys Since Mr. McInnes founded the Proud Boys two years ago in New York, the group has sprouted

a group of people standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: Members of the Proud Boys and other right-wing demonstrators march across the Hawthorne Bridge during an © Noah Berger, AP Members of the Proud Boys and other right-wing demonstrators march across the Hawthorne Bridge during an "End Domestic Terrorism" rally in Portland, Oregon, on Aug. 17, 2019.

"The Proud Boys have had a yearslong reputation for not only violence but very clear ties to white supremacy," Cooter said in an email to USA TODAY.

The group remains dominated by white men while being “more to the right than most constitutional militias” and “more prone to physical violence,” Cooter told USA TODAY. But they seemed committed to attempt to publicly separate themselves from neo-Nazi groups.

Their reputation for violence was a subject on the debate stage Tuesday night.

When presidential debate moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump whether he was willing to condemn white supremacists and militia groups and urge them to stand down from adding to violence and social upheaval, Trump asked Wallace to name a specific group. Democratic rival Joe Biden interrupted to cite the Proud Boys.

"Proud Boys, stand back and stand by," Trump said. 

Megan Squire, a professor of computer science at Elon University in North Carolina who studies online extremism, told USA TODAY that the comment led the group's organizers to feel "validated."

Tarrio said in his statement the group did not consider Trump's mention an endorsement.

An ongoing lawsuit filed by McInnes claims SPLC's characterizations of him as a "'hate' figure" are "defamatory, false and misleading" as well as "purposefully deceitful."

McInnes quit the Proud Boys after an October 2018 clash between members of the Proud Boys and Antifa that followed a McInnes speech at a New York’s Metropolitan Republican Club.

Contributing: John Bacon, Courtney Subramanian, Jordan Culver, Phillip M. Bailey and Rebecca Morin; Gabriel Rom and Jorge Fitz-Gibbon, Rockland/Westchester Journal News; The Associated Press

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Who are the Proud Boys? Far-right group has concerned experts for years

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