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Daniel G. Tooze: When Proud Boys say, 'I am a Western chauvinist,' we are saying 'I am a proud and unabashed proponent of Western Civilization.' That is it.

This is in response to the Sept. 20 guest opinion column from Gerry Blakney, published in Pamplin Media Group newspapers.

Blakney came to our flag wave in front of Walgreens on McLoughlin under the false premise of learning what the flag waves were about. Instead, Gerry instigated hostilities by calling the diverse group racist and violent, while holding a sign that stated "make racism wrong again." As he stated in his opinion column, his message was to let everyone there know that we were not welcome in his neighborhood.Daniel G. Tooze

Every Friday night from 5 to 7 p.m., local patriots and a few Proud Boys gather to exercise their First Amendment right to peacefully gather, wave the American flag and show love for our country.

We believe Gerry tried to provoke an altercation, and in doing so it drew the attention of the local police, who were standing by to ensure a peaceful event. He was asked to leave to avoid conflict.

Pamplin Media Group immediately jumped on the opportunity to print the misrepresentation, calling it an opinion. This hit piece includes lies aimed to further a divide in America, pander to leftist ideologies, and ensure the outright mischaracterization of the Proud Boys.

After this hit piece was published, we decided to move the flag wave to the intersection near Pamplin Media Group. This organization owns and controls the narrative being pushed through many cities in Oregon. With journalism being what it has evolved into, we feel it has become an extension of a tyrannical government instead of checks and balances for the people. This must stop.

News media outlets have displayed an elementary, perhaps blatant, misunderstanding of our usage of the term, Western chauvinist, even going so far as to imply that Proud Boys adhere to a second definition, i.e., that we believe men are superior to women. That is not so.

When Proud Boys say, "I am a Western chauvinist," we are saying "I am a proud and unabashed proponent of Western Civilization." That is it.

It has nothing to do with race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, or even national origin. Only love of country.

We believe the biggest problem in society today is hypocrisy within media outlets. For example, we do not believe the media gives the same attention to the damage done by antifa as it does to us when we stand against those acts. That's hypocrisy.

We will not stop until there is fair and honest reporting from media outlets.

Editor's note: The author, Daniel G. Tooze, is a past and future Republican primary candidate for the Oregon Legislature who has participated in flag waves in front of the Pamplin Media Center. Pamplin Media Group welcomes and publishes guest opinions from people of all political ideologies. Their views do not represent the views of the Pamplin Media Group.


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