Since before President Donald Trump was elected to office, he has been painted by the progressive left and their media cohorts as racist and, as such, a supporter of white supremacy. He has denounced such claims multiple times and has time and time proves that he cares about the lives who do not share his race. However, the accusations still come.
The latest comes after the first presidential debates, where he was noted to speak directly to a group known as The Proud Boys, which many have assumed over the years to be a white supremacist organization. In the debate, Trump told the group that they needed to “stand back and stand by” regarding the many chaotic and often violent protests that we have seen pop up all over our nation in recent months.
Naturally, Trump’s critics took this as support of the group as well as a call to action or set direct orders as if he was in charge of the group.
However, on Wednesday, the group came forward to address the accusations thrown at them.
And they couldn’t have done it in a better way.
Local leaders of the Proud Boys of Salt Lake City, Utah, held a joint press conference with none other than Black Lives Matter. Together, the two groups, often seen to be each other’s opposite, denounced white supremacy and showed that living together and even working toward a common positive goal is possible.
Leader of the Proud Boys’ Utah chapter, Thad, told the press, “I will go out and say that the Proud Boys as a whole – I will say this on behalf of the entire national organization – denounce white supremacy.” He continued by saying that “We are in no way, shape, or form white supremacists. We have a vetting system that gets those people out of our hair. We do not have anything to do with white supremacy. We do not have anything to do with the Ku Klux Klan. We denounce those organizations.”
Another local leader of the group seconded this by stating, “I don’t care what color your skin is, we’re all Americans, and we need to find a way to come together instead of divide.”
And this sentiment was confirmed by the local leader to the Northern Utah chapter of Black Lives Matter, Jacarri Kelley. Kelley told the media present, “We do need to be able to reach across the aisle and have these tough conversations.” She noted that she had recently met with the local Proud Boys group and had had a “productive conversation” about building unity in their communities.
The Proud Boys, just as BLM, has in recent years and months been painted as something they are not. As their website states, they identify as “Western chauvinists” and a right-wing political group. And the two put together don’t always make for a great combination when looked at by others.
The chauvinists, for example, has had negative connotations for years, as it is most commonly used in combination with the word “male,” and suggests sexism. However, according to Dictionary.com, the term simply means a “biased devotion to any group, attitude, or cause.” Basically, it is the belief that something is better than another.
And as Proud Boys leader, Thad, explains, theirs is a belief that “the West is the best. Western civilization is the best.” And Seth, his co-leader, agrees. He told KUTV, “Chauvinism is just patriotism. Don’t get it wrong with male chauvinism or anything like that.”
They simply have the belief that Western ideals, culture, and values are the way to go. You know, ideas like capitalism, democracy, and equality for all.
Their ideology has nothing to do with race, sex, or even gender. Instead, it’s about patriotism. They are proud to be Americans; that’s it.
No wonder President Trump had trouble denouncing them.
It is also noted that the group’s international chairman, or “grand poo-bah” as radio host Rush Limbaugh recently referred to him as is not white. So how is that the group can be racist and for white supremacy when the head haunch is “of color?”
It’s one that BLM leader Kelley has obviously considered and realized to be false. Like the more recent misconception that all BLM members hate white people, so is the thought that Proud Boys are white supremacists.
While the two may differ on several ideas, it doesn’t mean one is any better than the other or is ever more correct than the other. After all, isn’t that what America was founded on, on the idea that everyone would be treated with respect and equality? Working together may be difficult at times, but it is worth it, as these two have proved.