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Proud Boys receive wave of support from Asian Americans in latest fundraising drive

The right-wing group, the Proud Boys, are getting a large wave of support from Asian Americans who allegedly ‘fear’ Antifa and Black Lives Matter.

Recent fundraising efforts for the Proud Boys saw as much as 80% of donations coming from people with Chinese surnames, according to leaked information collected by USA Today. “You have to understand how we feel — we came from Communist China, and we managed to come here, and we appreciate it here so much,” Rebecca Kwan, who recently donated $500 to the group, told USA Today. “The Proud Boys are for Trump, and they are fighting antifa, and can you see anything good that antifa did except destroy department stores and small businesses?”

As she said, the Asian American support is from the Proud Boys fighting Antifa, which she says sparks fear in Asian Americans when rioters destroy small businesses. Others expressed alarm at the left wing ideology of Black Lives Matter, which co-founder Patrisse Cullors has said formed the “ideological frame” behind the “black liberation movement.” “Myself and Alicia, in particular, are trained organizers — we are trained Marxists,” Cullors said in a 2015 interview, where she refers to BLM co-founder Alicia Garza.

Proud Boys chairman Henry “Enrique” Tarrio claimed the group exists to primarily protect Americans from Communists who want to overthrow the U.S. government. The Proud Boys have sought to represent themselves as a group of patriots that will do the work that police and politicians will not do. Their message has been augmented by Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who has called for anti-fascist activists to be classified as terrorists, he also called the BLM movement “poison.” Several Chinese Americans echoed those beliefs when they donated to Proud Boys a couple of weeks before Trump supporters led an insurrection against the Capitol on January 6th. At least 21 Proud Boys have been charged with federal crimes for being involved in the attack. “The Proud Boys are protecting the innocent people,” said Donald Wang, a resident of Queens, New York who donated $50. “A lot of people in my community support them.”

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ARTICLE: JACOB ZUBY

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