The Proud Boys marched through Rockville Centre for the second time in six months on Sunday, May 22, drawing criticism from local leaders.
The Proud Boys are an American far-right and neo-fascist organization founded in 2016. Notably, the organization was involved in the Jan. 6 attack against the U.S. Capitol, and several senior leaders were arrested.
“There is no place in Nassau County for hate based on race, religion, or ethnicity,” Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman said in a statement to Blank Slate Media.
State Sen. Todd Kaminsky posted a video of the masked marchers waving American, Gadsden and other group flags.
Hey Long Island…let’s make sure we never forget to notice when neo-facist hate groups take to our streets in broad daylight. Yesterday, the Proud Boys came to @VillageRVC again. This can’t be the new normal and this isn’t who we are. pic.twitter.com/TkSlN9Y0Nq
— Todd Kaminsky (@toddkaminsky) May 22, 2022
“This can’t be the new normal, and this isn’t who we are,” he tweeted.
In another video, a bystander confronts members of the group, asking them to remove their masks if they “believe in [equity, diversity and inclusion].”
— Shades of Long Island (@ShadesLI) May 22, 2022
State Sen. Anna Kaplan also issued a statement condemning the group.
“We have to reject this hate and extremism whenever it shows itself in our community,” she said. “So I’m calling this shameful display out for what it is: nothing more than a modern-day Klan march happening in our community.”
In another statement, Nassau County Legislator Siela Bynoe expressed a similar view.
“Now more than ever, it is crucial for people of good conscience to stand together to reject their racist, misogynistic, antisemitic and anti-LGBTQ bigotry,” said Bynoe, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 4th Congressional District. “And send a clear message that hate has no place in Rockville Centre, Nassau County or anywhere else in our nation.”
This past November, the group marched through Rockville Centre and were met with similar responses.
Efforts to reach Nassau County Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello were unavailing.