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Is Enrique Tarrio Hispanic? Name and heritage of Proud Boys leader explored

Eve Edwards January 28, 2021
Is Enrique Tarrio Hispanic? Name and heritage of Proud Boys leader explored
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Is Enrique Tarrio Hispanic? The Proud Boys leader is currently in the news because of a reported connection with the FBI, which prompted a wave of curiosity about Tarrio’s name and background.

Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, 36, is the leader of far-right group the Proud Boys. He became the group’s leader in 2018 after their founder, Gavin McInnes, quit.

On 27 January 2021, it was revealed that Tarrio has worked as an informer for the FBI following his arrest in 2012. From 2012 to 2014, Tarrio has helped federal and local authorities prosecute more than a dozen people in cases involving drugs, gambling and human smuggling.

This revelation has prompted some to find out more about Enrique Tarrio, notably more on his background.

So, is Enrique Tarrio Hispanic?

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Who is Enrique Tarrio?

Enrique Tarrio is the leader of far-right organisation the Proud Boys. He also is the owner of 1776 Shop, a far-right merchandise store.

Besides his involvement with the Proud Boys, Tarrio is known for his political work. Most notably in 2020 when Tarrio was a candidate in the Republican primary election for Florida’s 27th congressional district. Tarrio later withdrew from the electoral race.

Tarrio is also the Florida state director of Latinos for Trump, a grassroots organisation in support of the former president.

Is Enrique Tarrio Hispanic?

Yes, Tarrio has Hispanic heritage, through his parents.

Enrique Tarrio was born in Miami, Florida to Cuban-American parents.

Hispanic is a pan-ethnic term to describe people with Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Central or South American heritage. It is often used interchangeably with Latino, though there is debate over whether Hispanic identity is specifically related to countries that have Spanish as a first language. The official language of Cuba is Spanish, making Enrique Tarrio and his parents Hispanic.

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Enrique Tarrio reportedly identifies as Afro-Cuban.

Enrique Tarrio: Name explored

Although Enrique Tarrio was born Henry, he opted to go by the Spanish-version of his name, Enrique.

Tarrio is also a popular Spanish name. Its usage is found most often in Spain but it is also prevalent in North and South America.

Both Enrique Tarrio’s for- and surnames signal his Hispanic heritage.

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