Proud Boys Supporters Tweet Picture Of Arrested Member With Black Wife To 'Prove' He Isn't Racist
On October 19, a violent brawl broke out near the New York Metropolitan Club; several members of the Proud Boys assaulted antifa supporters. According to NBC News, five Proud Boys have been arrested in connection to the attack.
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One of those men, John Kinsman, has become a viral star after other Proud Boys and their supporters began circulating a picture that is purported to show the 39-year-old as the patriarch of a Black family. Supporters hope it will prove Kinsman is not racist.
Second #ProudBoys thug arrested by #NYPD for violent NYC brawl: John Kinsman, 39, charged with attempted gang assault, attempted assault, riot, and criminal possession of a weapon https://t.co/cdea1qXafE— Julie Laumann 🌎 (@Otpor17) October 20, 2018
This is John Kinsman, the #ProudBoy who was recently arrested for fighting back against #Antifa terrorists who were throwing bottles of urine and attacking people at Gavin McInnes event. This is his family. He's not a Nazi or a white supremacist. pic.twitter.com/fXd7bJEfsm— Zombie Pineapples 🧟🍍 (@MzBittersweet81) October 21, 2018
Sham outlet @nypost says Proud Boy John Kinsman, who was recently arrested for DEFENDING HIMSELF against Antifa terrorists who were attacking people at the Gavin McInnes event is part of an "Alt-right hate group."— Mike Tokes (@MikeTokes) October 21, 2018
This is his family. He is not a Nazi or a white supremacist. pic.twitter.com/zAO7OJAuL4
"White supremacists alt-right Proud Boy John Kinsman"— Internet Zen Master (@InternetZenMstr) October 22, 2018
>Looks at picture
>His wife is black & they have a mixed race son
>"white supremacist alt-right"
Y'know, when Einstein talked about how human stupidity was infinite, I'm starting to think he specifically meant Tariq Nasheed. https://t.co/XmOT1NQsVF
The photo of Kinsman shows the man holding a child; another child sits in a high chair, while a black woman, who Proud Boy supporters say is Kinsman's wife, smiles.
The picture appears not just in Proud Boys and alt-right tweets but on the page of Twitter user @JohnKsWife. The tweets on the page are protected, but the user has added some conservative and pro-Proud Boys hashtags, including #ProudBoysGirl, #Blaxit and #VenerateTheHousewife. The account, which is owned by ZC Kinsman, was started in February 2018.
As writer George M. Johnson mentions, having a Black family doesn't automatically erase one's racism.
Perfect example of how white people can have Black wives, kids, and friends and be EXTREMELY racist. https://t.co/nhBtcC2tcq— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) October 21, 2018
Although the group claims it isn't racist, its founder and most visible member, Vice co-founder Gavin McInnis, has proudly proclaimed his anti-Semitism according to The Huffington Post. McInnis has also written pieces with titles like "I'm Not a Racist, Sexist or a Homophobe, You N****r Slut F****t."
“His obsessions seem to be more cultural than political. Mr. McInnes, a fiscal conservative and libertarian, calls himself a champion of Western values...” pic.twitter.com/DN3jBT52YM— Andy Campbell (@AndyBCampbell) October 17, 2018
Kinsman was charged Friday with riot, criminal possession of a weapon, gang assault and attempted gang assault. He is being held on $25,000 bond and has not commented on the picture.
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