Enrique Tarrio is an unlikely white supremacist, as he is a mixed black and latino, and the international chairman of the much maligned Proud Boys movement. The present hysterical finger-pointing by the Democrat Press and their platforms notwithstanding, an organization with 10% to 20% of its members being people of color and which has repeated denounced racism, white supremacism, fascism, and communism, is hardly a racist organization.
What the Proud Boys are could be described as fanboys of Western Civilization, or at least the Western Civilization idealized myth that has never truly existed and certainly doesn’t exist now. Their goal is to defend Western Civilization and restore its greatness. And toward that end they are willing to fight on the street if need be against the forces they see as attacking Western Civilization.
They call themselves “Western Chauvinists” and espouse the virtues of manliness while decrying the political correctness they see as femininizing men and shaming Western Civilization itself. They think “men should be men” and “the West is the Best.” That’s pretty much their thing.
Their ideology isn’t very succinct or defined. While they extol Western Civilization for giving us the modern world, they hardly make any ideological or moral distinctions other than that men should be men. They are open to anyone “born with a penis” of any race, religion, or sexual preference. Their sophomoric “West Is The Best” slogan doesn’t come with any explanation of their core beliefs.
This is taken from their website:
Core Values Of The Proud Boys
Pro-Free Speech (1st Amendment)
Pro-Gun Rights (2nd Amendment)
Glorifying the Entrepreneur
Venerating the Housewife
Reinstating a Spirit of Western Chauvinism
In many ways, the Proud Boys, set up as a fraternal organization, are like a biker gang sans the bikes or the criminal activity. They are a raucous club who coalesce around being proud of the West and, by extension, their own manlihood. Their agenda is a few slogans, but we see it more in how they connect and operate, in a rowdy show of machismo without end.
Nobody is gainsaying their right to exist or be rowdy, although we can condemn wanton violence, and we do not condemn them as racists when they are not. The real issue is twofold: they are trying to hold on to a civilization that is well past its prime and, aside from slogans and catchphrases, they have no clear philosophy or ideology one can nail down. They boast of not having these things. You can’t replace something with nothing.
Those who are sick of the present cancel culture revolution and the left in general or who are disgusted at the attempts to erase and rewrite history to paint America as something utterly evil and vile to its core, might be drawn to this group. Ultimately, however, this group removes one set of beliefs (cancel culture revolution) and replaces them with emptiness.
The Proud Boys are not racists. But neither can we say they represent a viable alternative to the cancel culture revolution or the decline and fall of Western Civilization. They are a watered-down and generalized regurgitation of the old attempting to fight something of substance, the left’s ideology, with the hot air vapidness of slogans and machismo.
Featured Photo: Proud Boys Cincinnati, Creative Commons License, photo by Becker1999 from Grove City, OH