Saturday, October 3, 2020

Black professor insists 'Proud Boys aren't white supremacists' as Trump takes flak; Proud Boys Leader Refutes 'White Supremacist' Claims: 'I'm a Person of Color'

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Black professor insists 'Proud Boys aren't white supremacists' as Trump takes flak:
'Western chauvinist' organization comes under scrutiny after presidential debate
It turns out not everybody believes the Proud Boys are white supremacists, including a prominent Black professor at a historically Black university.
Wilfred Reilly, associate professor of political science at Kentucky State University, said Wednesday that “the Proud Boys aren’t white supremacists,” describing the right-wing group’s beliefs as “Western chauvinist” and noting that their international chairman, Enrique Tarrio, is Black.
“Gotta say: the Proud Boys aren’t white supremacists,” tweeted Mr. Reilly, author of “Hate Crime Hoax.”
The Proud Boys came under the microscope after President Trump refused during Tuesday’s presidential debate to condemn them as white supremacists, saying, “Proud Boys — stand back and stand by,” prompting accusations that he was supporting virulent racists.
Mr. Reilly said that about 10% to 20% of Proud Boys activists are people of color, a diverse racial composition that is “extremely well-known in law enforcement,” based on his research. --->READ MORE HERE
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Proud Boys Leader Refutes 'White Supremacist' Claims: 'I'm a Person of Color':
... A man named Enrique Tarrio, who was identified by Sky News as the international chairman of the Proud Boys, told the outlet his group is not about skin color.
Tarrio, who himself is not white, told Sky News that he does not view Trump’s “stand by” comment as an endorsement of his group, and also said the group is anything but a white supremacist organization.
“We’ve been called many names, but probably the most inaccurate name you can call us is white supremacists,” Tarrio said.
“I’m a person of color, I’m a brown person, I’m chairman of the organization.”
Tarrio said his skin color was not an impediment to being elected to his position and added, “I think it was a great moment that we were mentioned on stage … if we were recognized by anyone we were recognized by Biden.”
Tarrio said Biden’s decision to label his group racist was a “crucial mistake,” and pointed to the group’s presence in Portland, Oregon, last weekend as an example that the group is not violent.
With regard to peacefully assembling, as the group did in Oregon, Tarrio said, “We’ve always done that … we stood back and stood by in Portland on the 26th, and we had a great event.” ---- --->READ THE WHOLE STORY HERE

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