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White Supremacists Have No Place In The Canadian Armed Forces

Five individuals in the video below are reportedly members of the Canadian Armed Forces. And, on Canada Day, they went to a Mi'kmaq event in Halifax, held to remember missing and murdered Indigenous women.

They weren't there as members of our military, or to show support. They were there because they wanted to attack the Mi'kmaq. They were there because they said they are part of the white supremacist group, the Proud Boys.

The case for restricting hate speech

As a sociologist and legal scholar, I struggle to explain the boundaries of free speech to undergraduates. Despite the 1st Amendment—I tell my students—local, state, and federal laws limit all kinds of speech. We regulate advertising, obscenity, slander, libel, and inciting lawless action to name just a few. My students nod along until we get to racist and sexist speech. Some can’t grasp why, if we restrict so many forms of speech, we don’t also restrict hate speech.

Canadian right-wing provocateur Gavin McInnes at forefront of street-fighting trend in U.S. political protest

As Gavin McInnes strode toward the entrance of Washington’s National Press Club in January, a black-balaclaved “anti-fascist” protester lunged toward him. “Get the f— out of here,” the picketer shouted.

The tuxedoed McInnes reacted swiftly. Spinning around, he grabbed the demonstrator’s mask and took a couple of long-range swings at the man.
Some public figures might have, on reflection, voiced regret at the sudden resort to fisticuffs. Not so the Canadian right-wing provocateur, a VIP guest at the “Deploraball” celebrating Donald Trump’s election victory.

The Birth of Canada's Armed, Anti-Islamic 'Patriot' Group

In front of Calgary City Hall, a couple dozen of them stood shoulder-to-shoulder in an attempt to make an unbreakable human wall. Each of them wore a uniform consisting of a black T-shirt emblazoned with a Roman helmet—a look that wouldn't be out of place in a biker gang. It was a line filled with mostly men, and a few women, who you wouldn't want to go toe-to-toe with in a bar. All of them were white.


What’s Sleeping Giants? Basically, it’s citizen-run Twitter accounts which try to persuade advertisers to boycott far-Right web sites like Breitbart and The Rebel, (which was founded by Andrew Scheer’s top aide, BTW).

It works. You can read about the results here and here and here (

There’s a Sleeping Giants Canada account, too. It’s here. (

Anti-Muslim rallies across US denounced by civil rights groups

A wave of anti-Muslim rallies planned for almost 30 cities across the US on Saturday by far-right activists has drawn sharp criticism from civil rights groups and inspired counter-protests nationwide.

A number of small protests took place and in many places, including New York and Chicago, a few dozen “anti-Sharia” demonstrators were outnumbered by counter-protesters.

Understanding contemporary white supremacy: Is the alt-right really something new?

Following the first part of this series, where the historical origins of modern white supremacy were explored in depth, and a subsequent essay that examined the ways white supremacy has influenced mainstream American politics, here are three of the nation’s foremost scholars on white supremacy, discussing similar issues at length.