Late last year, following the SPLC’s designation of the Proud Boys as a hate group, McInnes was subsequently fired from the Blaze, and was banned from YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and iTunes.
Officially, McInnes has sued the SPLC for its labeling of the Proud Boys as a ‘hate group’. McInnes is the founder of the group who describes themselves on their website as being a collection of ‘western chauvinists who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world’. Their slogan is ‘The West is the Best’. Wikipedia describes them as a ‘far right neo-fascist organization that admits only men as members and promotes political violence’. They add that the Proud Boys originally emerged as a part of the ‘alt right’ in 2017.
The Southern Poverty Law Center insists that the Proud Boys are a violent, Islamophobic, misogynistic, white nationalist, alt-right hate group . McInnes originally founded the Proud Boys in 2016 as a ‘boy club’ and fraternal organization which he likens to like the Rotary club or the Shriners.
“SPLC’s defamatory, false, and misleading designation of Mr. McInnes as a ‘hate’ figure is purposefully deceitful and intended to tarnish Mr. McInnes’s reputation, disparage Mr. McInnes’s good name and work, inflict harm and financial damage, reduce Mr. McInnes’s goodwill and standing in the community, expose Mr. MicInnes, his family and anyone else associated with him to public scorn, harassment, intimidation, and potential violence, and to denigrate, malign, and ridicule Mr. McInnes to countless individuals and potential employers and partners around the world,” the lawsuit by McInnes explains.
The lawsuit filed by McInnes is only the latest in a string of lawsuits against the SPLC over its designation of organizations like the Family Research Council and the Alliance Defending Freedom, both of which are Christian and pro-family, as ‘hate groups and into the same category as the KKK.
The two leaders of the SPLC, Richard Cohen snd Heidi Beirich were also recently sued by the Center for Immigration under an organized crime law for ‘falsely’ designating the organization as a ‘hate group’.
The social fallout from
Regardless of the labels that the SPLC would like to slap McInnes’ Proud Boys with, it’s simply a fact that the group has always allowed members of all races.
In a statement given to Reuters, McInnes stated, “They [SPLC] have harassed me, my family, and my friends to a level of torturous interference that goes well into sabotage. I am doing this, not just to protect my reputation and my family but to protect everyone else’s.”
McInnes filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama on Monday. He is asking the court to find the SPLC’s description of the Proud Boys as unlawful and is seeking damages.
Written by Julian Hein