Proud Boys on Trial: Examining the Group’s Contradictory Nationalism and Misogyny
During the Trump era, the Proud Boys, a right-wing group, gained cultural prominence. They embraced Euro-nationalism, supported MAGA-oriented alliances, and opposed civil rights for minority groups. This was manifested both online and in public through displays of aggression. The group is characterized by brazen nationalism, misogyny and aggressive opposition to “Antifa” socialists, the Black Lives Matter Movement and Muslims. Its founder Gavin MacInnes, a British-born Canadian grievance-monger and co-founder of Vice Media, created a group defined by its ability to publicly position itself around an array of rotating grievances and associated scapegoats.
Currently, five members of the Proud Boys are on trial in Washington, DC, facing a raft of federal charges, including seditious conspiracy, for their alleged role in the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol. Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, the national chairman of the organization, is arguably the most prominent of the defendants. Tarrio, an Afro-Cuban, was not present in Washington, DC, on January 6, but prosecutors aim to present his role in the group’s leadership as making him culpable.
In January 2022, the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland released a research paper which stated that, despite the Proud Boys' denials of racist beliefs, their organization is deeply entrenched in white nationalism and misogyny. The Huffington Post editor and author of the new book, “We Are Proud Boys,” Andy Campbell further explains the group’s seeming contradictions regarding race. Before officially joining the group, a member must publicly recite the following statement and then be hit five times by their peers: “I take pride in being a western chauvinist and will not apologize for the development of the modern world.”
Since the Proud Boys' founding, they have been seen attending numerous violent events with neo-Nazis and Oath Keepers, such as anti-Shariah and anti-immigrant protests, as well as the January 6 insurrection. Despite this, the group's guidebook claims to “disavow” Nazis and racists.
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