God, Goats, and (Paintball) Guns: A Brief History of the Secret Symbolism Behind the Proud Boys

Editor’s Note: This article contains racist imagery and caricatures, which we have included to provide historical context for the subject matter.

The United States has a deep history of secret fraternal organizations — “Good ol’ boy” groups for the privileged white, Christian, middle-class men and others deemed worthy of inclusion. In other words, current-day chuds. These secretive boys clubs afford their members opportunities for camaraderie, entertainment, and networking.