It was fun while it lasted, hey white fella’s?
Your group of fiercely white people fought valiantly to scare Canada’s minorities into submission, but the US insurrection put an end to their all-white dreams.
Source: Proud Boys Canada, the far-right group that Canada recently designated as a terrorist entity, announced on Sunday that it has “officially dissolved” and denied being a terrorist or white supremacist organization — assertions that should be taken with a “grain of salt,” according to hate group experts.
The statement was posted on the Proud Boys USA channel on Telegram, a messaging app where the group is active and issues its official statements, according to Evan Balgord, executive director of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, a non-profit organization that monitors and researches hate activity.
The statement, which was attributed to Proud Boys Canada, said the group has “done nothing wrong” and its terrorist designation by the federal government was “not based on evidence or incident, but for purely political reasons.”
The group said it considered fighting the terrorist designation through legal means but lacked financial support. As of “today,” according to the post on Sunday, “there is officially no longer any Proud Boys in Canada.”
“The truth is, we were never terrorists or a white supremacy group,” the statement said. “We are just regular patriotic Canadians.”
But the Canadian government and anti-hate experts disagree. The Proud Boys — who describe themselves as “Western chauvinists” and a “pro-West fraternal organization” — was formed in 2016 by Gavin McInnes, the Canadian co-founder of Vice Media, who now lives in the United States.
In its earliest days, the Proud Boys attracted salacious media coverage for their extreme initiation rites — new members, for example, have to subject themselves to a beating and get a Proud Boys tattoo — and rules (no masturbation allowed).
But from the start, anti-racism activists and hate group experts have been alarmed by the Proud Boys’ hateful and white nationalist rhetoric. The Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center, which designates the Proud Boys as a hate group, has documented the organization’s violent history and links to misogyny, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy and extremists.
McInnes has rejected attempts to label the Proud Boys as being white supremacist or “alt-right,” and — after quitting the group in 2018 — sued the Southern Poverty Law Center for designating the organization as a hate group.
The Proud Boys have been fixtures at rallies in support of Donald Trump — they were mentioned by the then U.S. president during an election debate last September — as well as high-profile alt-right events such as the violent protests in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017, which were co-organized by a white nationalist with ties to the Proud Boys.
A month after the Capitol Hill riots on Jan. 6 this year — which saw U.S. members of the Proud Boys arrested — the Canadian government designated the group as a “terrorist entity,” along with three other white supremacy groups: Atomwaffen Division, The Base and the Russian Imperial Movement.
At the time, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said Canada’s intelligence agencies had been investigating the Proud Boys’ activities since 2018, and that they had recently seen an “escalation toward violence.”
Under Canadian law, it is illegal to knowingly participate in or contribute to the activities of a recognized terrorist group. A terrorist designation also allows financial institutions to freeze assets, or police to seize property.
In an emailed statement on Sunday, James Cudmore, a spokesperson for Blair, did not respond to the Star’s questions about the online statement attributed to Proud Boys Canada.
But he wrote that “we strongly denounce organizations such as the Proud Boys who advance misogynistic, white supremacist beliefs and who glorify violence.”
“Intolerance and hate have no place in our society,” Cudmore said. “The listing of ideologically motivated violent extremist groups as terrorist organizations allows for a shift in the resource focus of our agencies.”
— Coop (@PirateCoop) November 16, 2020
Listen, everything comes to an end. It’s the only law in the universe that remains unchallenged.
Things just came to an end faster for the Proud Boys because they’re a bunch of ignorant white cucks who spread hate like anal warts.
Do I think they deserve to be labeled a terror organization in Canada? Probably. Did the Trudeau Gov’t use the insurrection to make a woke point? Yup. Should Trudeau go after Canada’s other extremists who misrepresent certain religious/para-religious groups with the same hate designation? You’re fucking right he should.
Like Ron Banerjee, who is a Hindu nationalist whose racist against Sikh people.
— Caryma Sa’d – Lawyer (@CarymaRules) May 2, 2021
Or, Pastor Henry Hildebrand, who should be dropped into an Icelandic volcano while his church is dismantled brick by hateful brick.
Thank God, a judge has denied the Government of Ontario application for an interim injunction to lock the doors of our meeting house. God answered prayer and we are so thankful! Keep praying for the next hearing on May 13th.#standwithGod #NoMoreLockdowns pic.twitter.com/2LVrQi9jrz
— Pastor Henry Hildebrandt (@aylmerpastor) April 30, 2021
If your movement causes pain and suffering, your movement is shit. It’s a hate group just like the Proud Boys are (were) a hate group meant to terrify others who don’t share similar values. The Canadian gov’t won’t go after other hate groups because of racial and political implications.
It’s easy to fuck over a group of white supremacists because they’re hateful and white. We call down when it comes to holding white or non-white/religious zealots accountable because the optics are bad. Trudeau would rather collar the Proud Boys than born-again extremist evangelical abortion doctor killers or Canada’s extremist Muslims for fear of political consequences, so the Proud Boys cancellation was nothing more than an optical illusion.
I’m happy the Proud Boys dissolved thanks to the designation now get busy fucking over all the other asshats who think freedom of hatred is freedom of speech and let’s see how serious ‘Woke Trudeau’ is in clearing out hate in Canada.