In a rare decision, Gavin McInnes has officially announced that the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, VA, scheduled on August 12th, has been disavowed. I personally am not surprised by this. The rally is not about “uniting the right,” it is an attempt to lump civic-nationalists in with ethno-nationalists in order to make them seem like the same thing.
This rally, hosted by Jason Kessler, has speakers such as Matthew Heimbach of the Traditionalist Workers Party, a writer for the Daily Stormer named Johnny Monoxide, Mike Enoch of the Right Stuff, and Dr. Michael Hill of the League of the South.
Here’s the deal, I don’t really consider most of these people to the right. Since when is how far right you are decided by how racist you are?
The Traditionalist Workers Party are socialists, in my mind that disqualifies you from being on the right. I cringe every time I hear a Traditionalist Workers Party member refer to another member as “comrade,” which they regularly do.
I was glad to hear that Gavin agrees with my premise. In a statement, Gavin McInnes said:
“BEEN ASKED A LOT ABOUT THIS “UNITE THE RIGHT” THING GOING ON IN AUGUST. THE ELDERS HAVE TOLD ME TO DISAVOW. I GET THAT IT’S ABOUT FREE SPEECH AND WE WANT EVERYONE – EVEN WHITE NATIONALISTS – TO HAVE THAT RIGHT BUT I THINK IT’S COMING AT A TIME WHEN WE NEED TO DISTANCE OURSELVES FROM THEM. I’M NOT PUNCHING RIGHT. I’M JUST NOT COMING TO YOUR RALLY – NO OFFENSE.”
Looking at this rally, it doesn’t even look like a rally that fits in with Proud Boys. The imagery looks like something that comes from 1930 Germany. Where are your American flags? Or are you trying to appease those speaking in your group who aren’t even proud Americans. Nearly every single one of your speakers do not believe in American values. Just look at this flyer and try to tell me it doesn’t look like Nazi propaganda:
The truth is, we don’t need white supremacists in Proud Boys. We are western chauvinists, not racists, and welcome anyone who agrees with that. We don’t give a shit what the color of your skin is, but nearly all of the speakers at this event can’t seem to do anything but talk about skin color. I understand that antifa and the rest of the radical left will continue to call Proud Boys racist. That doesn’t mean we should become racists, or share a stage with racists.
I also understand that the left doesn’t disavow their extremists in antifa and Black Lives Matter, but we’re better than the left. We are able and willing to take the trash out and distance ourselves from our extremists.
So here’s the deal Proud Boys, if you want to go to the rally, I can’t stop you. But just don’t fucking wear your Fred Perry, or decide to belt: “Proud of Your Boy.” Remember, we don’t allow racists in Proud Boys, if you decide to rub elbows with those people in colors, you very well could find yourself being disavowed.