After yet another “run in” with a pack of “Proud Boys” on social media, I am finally writing this article. I “noticed” their existence some months ago, on a friend’s page, and (mistakenly) tried to have a calm, civil discussion with them. Only to see the word “cuck” thrown around (more on that later), be called every name in the book and then some, prior to my simply blocking them. So I began to research.
First, what is a “Proud Boy,” you ask?
A “Proud Boy” is a member of a men’s organization that exists in the US, Canada, and the UK, founded in 2016 by one Gavin McInnes. I didn’t know who he was either, so after digging around, I discovered he was the co-founder / commentator of “Vice Media.”
PBs is a “pro-Western fraternal organization” for men who “refuse to apologize for creating the modern world,” and they call themselves “Western Chauvinists.” http://officialproudboys.com/proud-boys/whoaretheproudboys/
For those following along, let me refresh your memory as to the definition of “chauvinist”:
- an attitude of superiority toward members of the opposite sex
- undue partiality or attachment to a group or place to which one belongs or has belonged
- excessive or blind patriotism
None of these are good, but when paired with the descriptor “western,” basically it means that they have undue partiality and blind loyalty to all things they define as “western,” whatever that means.
Moving on, this is what the PBs say they stand for:
Minimal Government (sounds good)
Maximum Freedom (yep that sounds good too)
Anti-Political Correctness (mostly a good thing, I don’t have a problem with being mindful of your words)
Anti-Drug War (not sure what this means, but I’m for the legalization of most substances)
Closed Borders (silly, why would we not allow legal immigration?)
Anti-Racial Guilt (so….sure, no one should feel guilty for who they are, but I’ll bet $1 they mean something different)
Anti-Racism (that’s good, racists suck)
Pro-Free Speech (1st Amendment) (obviously good)
Pro-Gun Rights (2nd Amendment) (also obviously good)
Glorifying the Entrepreneur (I like that)
Venerating the Housewife (um…….no sorry. Be a housewife if you want but that is not “better” (or worse!) than being a working parent. Do what works for your family and shut up about everyone else)
Reinstating a Spirit of Western Chauvinism (see definition above – also a nope)
So you see, they have kind of a weird foundation. But I dug deeper and learned about their founder. Oh, Mr. McInnes. What a mess. He co-founded VICE Magazine, which is fine to have a publication that likes to push boundaries if that’s what you want to do, but McInnes seemed to really enjoy barreling over the line in a tank.
For example: When a New York Press reporter asked McInnes what he thought about his neighbors in New York’s Williamsburg neighborhood, he responded, “Well, at least they’re not niggers or Puerto Ricans. At least they’re white.” (http://www.nypress.com/vice-rising-corporate-media-woos-magazine-worlds-punks/)
He later said: “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.” (http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/28/style/the-edge-of-hip-vice-the-brand.html)
(And the explanation of why there is no “white” culture, and how “white” is essentially an oppressive social construct, is a post for another day. Suffice it to say here, this is not a thing and it is racist as hell.)
If you can believe it, it gets worse. If he isn’t an outright Holocaust denier or minimizer, he sure defends them, saying: “Like at one point, the [Yad Vashem] tour guide goes, ‘You know, and there are people who think that this didn’t happen.’ And I felt myself defending the super-far-right Nazis, just because I was sick of so much brainwashing. And I felt like going, ‘Well, they never said it didn’t happen. What they’re saying is that it was much less than six million and that they starved to death and they weren’t gassed.’” (http://www.canadalandshow.com/rebel-media-star-gavin-mcinnes-has-theories-on-jews/)
And then he says: “Wasn’t the Treaty of Versailles, wasn’t that disproportionately influenced by Jewish intellectuals?” (http://www.canadalandshow.com/rebel-media-star-gavin-mcinnes-has-theories-on-jews/)
Don’t forget about the video McInnes made on Rebel Media called “Ten Things I Hate about Jews,” which was later retitled “Ten Things I Hate About Israel” ! That was a good one too. Or not.
There is a lot more, but no one wants to write (or read) about that stuff. It is horrific, and it is why a lot of Jews like myself still carry their passport around on a daily basis. Just a hop skip and a jump back to rounding us up, right?
So here is the deal: I have no problem with male fraternities. That’s cool. I DO have a problem with antisemitism, blind nationalism, and chauvinism – in any form. So, if YOU are a member of the PB, you can hang out on my friends list for a bit, but don’t for a SECOND think I won’t call you out if you start spewing nonsense on my page. And go research your founder, and really THINK about the PB’s “principles.” I am not saying that there aren’t PB members that are probably good people and have no idea of the origin of their “club” and what it really stands for – so educate yourself.
You certainly cannot be both a PB and a Constitutionalist.