But the lengthy prison sentences for its leaders are a victory over extremism
It is a good thing that the Justice Department has successfully prosecuted and seen Proud Boys leaders sentenced. It is a pity white supremacism will not be more degraded by this. Thank you Ruth for reminding us the threat is on-going.
Fringe group is no longer applicable for the Proud Boys. Mainstream group is more appropriate. Their movement is a worse pandemic than COVID! At least there’s a vaccine for COVID! Awareness and education are the best treatments for right wing hate groups for reasonable people, but so far few are paying attention!
The proud boys, and their continuing activity tied to the Republican Party, simply reinforces the point of view of Robert Reich, that this is part of a slide towards fascism on the part of Trump and the Maga Republicans. They remind me of the brownshirts who were the thugs that supported Hitler and became his own private army.
excerpt copied and pasted from a television news report re: a NOVEMBER 2020 Republican Party rally:
"We need a chapter of the Proud Boys right here in Wisconsin because they're the only ones with the courage to get in the face of Black Lives Matter," Clarke said.
The group has been described as a far-right organization with a history of violent confrontations.
"Pro-free speech, pro-gun rights, glorifying the entrepreneur, venerating the housewife, reinstating the spirit of western chauvinism, that's what the Proud Boys stand for," Clarke told rally attendees.
Republican State Sen. Chris Kapenga also attended the rally.
He claimed he did not hear Clarke's comments and that he "didn't know much about the Proud Boys."
Kapenga said he was invited to speak at the rally by the Republican Party of Milwaukee County to discuss voter fraud concerns.
"We pray every day that God has not turned his back on this nation," he said at the rally.
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you may google to find the whole story.
I do not know if Clarke will announce to run against the Democratic Senator from Wisconsin, Tammy Baldwin, but it is something to keep in mind if he does. Thank you for your work.
Disheartening at the least that the Proud Boys are operating at the local level. That's why it's important for us to get involved at the local level. I'm sure they will employ scare tactics, that's how they operate.
I don't know why you would say that.
"U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin was the first woman elected to the United States Congress from Wisconsin. " PBS Wisconsin
Unfortunately, the lengthy sentences handed down on the far right leaders will not be sufficient to stem the flow of new recruits. Those recruits come from the under educated, unemployed, mentally challenged and easily manipulated individuals.
What will stem the flow must be a more focused and forceful marketing strategy by those groups that support a truly democratic form of government. We need a better education of the public showing the freedoms we will lose with the style of government as seen in Brazil and Hungary. We must first stop the creep of these right wingers from local government.
I don't mean to be picky but why should WE call them, "Proud Boys?" I would call them, "Shameful Boys" or "Gullible Boys."
By the way, these are men. They might have wished that someone had been proud of them when they were boys, and I do, too. If that had been the case, they might not need to only be proud of their ability to hurt other people with their physical strength. It's too bad that other strengths, such as kindness and generosity, were not valued and rewarded in their childhood and adolescence. They and we would all be better off.
One cannot help but notice the connection between the Oath Keepers/Proud Boys and the paramilitary groups in Italy and Germany under Mussolini and Hitler. Our growth in fascist paramilitary groups is a symptom that is screaming at us, that fascism is here. Stiff sentences are appropriate for these Neanderthal knuckle draggers.
It's a fine day when the foot soldiers are brought to justice and handed strict sentences. Of course, being in the lower ranks, they can be pardoned should their leadership resume elected status. When is their leadership going to be pursued, if ever? Mercer, Koch, DeVos, and their financial associates deserve their proper due. When removing a leaf or cutting a branch the tree survives. Eliminating the trunk and roots ends the tree.
I'm happy that there has been some justice. Although this is a step back for the Proud Boys, there are others in the group who will step up and become leaders. Our continuing vigilance is necessary.
Now the JD needs to investigate the likes of Gaetz and Gosar and their connection with the Proud Boys.
Great analysis Professor =] TY!
Where is the social shame? I see far right people in power posting selfies with these people.
Call me old-fashioned, but I think it's appalling to hang with racist terrorists. Proud I feel that way.
Fittingly, "proud boys" is what cattle ranchers call castrated steers that act like they still have their testicles. 😄
It’s chilling actually. And suspect (their bottom line) - replacement heads quick honored promotion awards ‘for the cause ‘.
It’s a strange and scary mentality, it’s the sought plot of fascinating thrillers...perhaps even romanticized ..cold , calculating, deadly. It’s curious how people are drawn to this , even more so the charisma and seduction .
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