‘RACISM!’–#Occupy Activists Clash After Internal Survey Reveals #OccupyWallStreet 81.2% White, 1.6% Black

Joel B. Pollack, Big Government, November 4, 2011

Big Government has learned that a major internal fight has erupted among Occupy Wall Street organizers after activists began circulating an infographic published by FastCompany, the “progressive business” magazine.

The infographic in question depicts the results of an internal online survey conducted by Occupy Wall Street supporters at occupywallst.org.

The data, compiled by advertising analyst Harrison Schultz and Ford Foundation sociologist Dr. Héctor R. Cordero-Guzmán, were intended to promote the idea, as Dr. Cordero-Guzmán put it, that “the 99% movement comes from and looks like the 99%.”

Some activists were outraged, however, that the survey results and the infographic show Occupy Wall Street to be 81.2 percent white, and only 1.6 percent black.

By comparison, the U.S. population is 77.1 percent white and 12.9 percent black, according to the U.S. Census Bureau–making the Occupy Wall Street movement disproportionately white.

The infographic, depicted below, caused instant controversy when it was shared among Occupy Wall Street organizers. One activist reacted: “81% white protestors–and you actually made a flyer proudly advertising this lie, in a multicultural city like NYC? You must be crazy and blind.”

She later accused Schultz of “insidious racism” and “white supremacy,” and demanded “serious mediation” from organizers on the Safer Spaces working group, the internal security apparatus of Occupy Wall Street.

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  • Jefferson

    Since when is America 77% White ? If that were true than why are Whites a minority in most of America’s big cities ? There is only small handful of big cities in America where Whites are still the majority, like Salt Lake City and Seattle for example. But most big cities in the U.S either resemble Africa or Mexico.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, har, har, har….. am I ever enjoying this!

    The fact is that whites have always shown more interest in non-violent demonstrating than other groups by far. If they would just go break some windows and throw a few fire bombs, the rest would become more involved.

    The other fact is that these young whites ARE 60s wannabes. The hippie movement in the 60s was overwhelmingly white. In fact, there was some written discussion in the Haight Ashbury on that very issue in early 1967. The nice white kids wanted an alternative world filled with peace, love, and dope, but the blacks wanted everything to burn while they hauled off tv sets and other items from stores they looted. The white wannabes are upset because they have a set of assumptions about the 60s hype they were raised on that isn’t turning out the way they imagined.

  • Anonymous

    Leftists do love to shoot the messenger. That tendency to crucify anyone that holds a mirror up to them is what one would expect from a tyrant. It’s a signal of decadence and decay that should give the right hope. Tyrants of course eventually have to answer for their crimes. They cannot stonewall forever. I don’t think the tactical similarities between this commonly seen approach in defending their indefensible ideologies and the stonewalling we are witness to regarding recent DOJ inquiries are merely a coincidence. This is how leftists react when you hold up a mirror and confront them with reality and facts.

  • Dutchman

    Exactly like the Tea Party! A bunch of darn racists! When is Geraldo Rivera going to have an ‘expose’ of OWS? If we wait for it long enough there will be another mile-deep sheet of ice over the northern hemisphere.

  • patthemick

    I simply think whites feel they have more to lose in a tyranny and thus are more likely to protest government. Blacks and Latinos will only protest on a racial grievence and care not a whit how the government is run so long as their races benefits continue.

  • Anonymous

    The fact is that whites have always shown more interest in non-violent demonstrating than other groups by far. If they would just go break some windows and throw a few fire bombs, the rest would become more involved.

    —————–

    Nope the anarchists throwing Molotov cocktails and fighting cops are all white too. Blacks don’t care about politics in the abstract, philosophy, economics or things like that. They will riot en masse when the police do anything at all or to celebrate a sporting event (win or lose doesn’t matter) but that is it.

  • Anonymous

    My black co-worker lives in west Oakland. She walked home on Wednesday to find her yard occupied by “occupiers”. She threw a royal fit and told the white hippy woman who camped out on her lawn to get lost. She was angry because the woman’s daughter was doing homework. She told the hippy that she shouldn’t have taken her daughter out of school for the protest in the first place. Co-worker’s relatives were calling her telling her that scads of white people were marching through Acorn gang territory on their way to shut down the Oakland port. Blacks were considering confronting, beating and even shooting, the protesters, but decided to stand down, as the whole experience was new and strange. They are really tired of the media helicopters buzzing overhead all night, as am I. We can get no sleep at all. Few people here support the protesters. Only 5% of city of Oakland employees took Wednesday off and most who did did so because they were worried about their security, not because they support the protesters. I always take lunch from home, but I have been buying lunch from the local restaurants because they are losing business because of the protests. One of the restaurant owners said she did not have one customer for 3 days. She also said that a group of thugs spit at her as she walked by.

  • madison grant

    My favorite part of the survey was when the loonies were asked to describe their gender and 61% said male, 37.5% said female and 1.5% said “other”.

    “Other”? Must be Chaz Bono and her friends.

  • HH

    “Jefferson’s” first post observation was what immediately struck me as well – America 77% White??? Since when?! Despite Census officials’ claims, I sincerely doubt the correct percentage of true Whites is more than 60%…if we’re lucky.

  • Anonymous

    Oakland’s Occupistas by gender and race:

    61% male; 37.5% female; 1.5% “other”.

    81.2% white; 1.6% black.

    So the Occupy movement has as many gender-benders as it has black people?

    And, since we know that many of these “protesters” aren’t politically motivated at all, but are merely the local homeless drawn to the hippies’ new semi-permanent outdoor soup-kitchen, that 1.6% figure for blacks could even be on the high side, as African-Americans are much more plentiful on Skid Row than transvestites/transsexuals.

    Sounds to me like OWS and its sister org’s are in sore need of some Diversity Training. They should pay Jane Elliott to come to Oakland and lay a guilt-trip on them about that “invisible knapsack” of unearned “White Skin Privilege” they’re carrying around. The one that’s keeping the movement so “hideously white.” Luckily for them, the parks they’re camping out in provide lots of tree branches which, like penitent monks, they can use to flagellate their own backs to atone for their “sins of the (white) flesh.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Elliott

  • Anonymous

    Who were these “activists” distributing the info? Were they WN?

  • Gen. Lee

    #1 and #9: I thought AmRenners understood this by now… According to the census, America IS about 77% white. It’s just that we’re about 60% NON-HISPANIC white aka the real white population. This provides a convenient way for the FBI and others to fiddle with the crime statistics and portray non-Hispanic whites as being more violent and crime-prone than we actually are!

  • Anonymous

    OWS is a movement that does not want real change but only “reforms”.

    Actually, East Germany had also OWS-style protests shortly before it collapsed:

    http://goo.gl/alw5W

  • Anonymous

    The rebels against (for?) the system take time out of their busy days bringing about revolution to fill out surveys about themselves. How very polite, agreeable and compliant of them. The recycling of 60’s memes by younger generations highlights their absorption in mainstream media for one thing, which routinely romanticizes the 60’s. Wouldn’t a radical hold references to the past with a healthy amount of contempt? Wouldn’t they want to define themselves, their own issues and their own arguments, explicitly rejecting that kind of association on principle? Seeing younger generations associate themselves with the romanticized, now commercialized memory of the sixties has always smacked of much cowardice and banality to me. Especially when they do so to try to suggest to themselves and others that they are somehow radical and counter-culture in the here and now. It screams “I’m a product of the mainstream media!”

  • WR the elder

    America is now at best 65% white. (Subtract about 0.9% a year for anybody reading this post years from now.)

    As I recall the protestors against the Vietnam War were overwhelmingly white. I guess it was racist to oppose that war. Anyhow it is fun to watch the left eat their young.

  • margaret

    That is only a 3 percent over representation. Why is the Ford Foundation not outraged at the 800 percent over representation of blacks in numerous goverment agencies?

    Ford Foundation is now and has been for 70 years a major enemy of Whites.

  • Soprano Fan

    I think that these guys took the Caucasian population percentage, and added the Hispanic population percentage (around 13.5%) together to arrive at 77%. The Caucasian population is around 63%.

    Anyway, SO WHAT if the percentages don’t mirror the national demographic. Blacks may make up 12.9% of the national population, but they make up 85% of the NBA, some 70% of the NFL, and at least 50% of NCAA athletes, and nobody has a problem with that. But in this case, it’s a problem?

    To Anonymous (re post #7):

    So Blacks were thinking of shooting the (Caucasian) protesters? What a bunch of stinking hypocrites they are. They don’t mind getting shot by one of their own, but if a Caucasian, Latino or Asian does so, that’s when they foam at the mouth.

  • Brown-Eyed Devil

    Lessee here.. So the typical OWSer is an educated, middle-aged white man of undetermined political affiliation, who works all week for not one heck of a lot. A friend across the bay, who still makes a home for his family in the Petri dish we call Berkeley-would refer to them as “your basic carpenters with a PhD types”, a bit of a tradition there.

    I’m not far away from them, in demographic terms, just subtract the dewy-eyed hippie platitudes and the higher indoctrination. These men, in spite of their hopeful outlook, are probably just as alienated as I am. It’s a demographic who’s time will come, but until they wise up, they’re going to waste their time with stunts like this Wall-In, to use a term I’ve lately made up. Here’s to the day when their faith breaks.

    On a lighter note, it was fun watching breathless Dragon Lady Quan rush home to the chaos in Oakland. The sheer crookedness of Bay Area politics could surpass that of NY, or even DC.

  • Standard Bearer

    I love how every time some group is found to be disproportionally White it’s always the White’s fault, never the non-Whites, even if Whites go out of their way to be “inclusive”. If blacks and mestizos aren’t occupying Wallstreet it’s because they aren’t interested. No one is preventing them from joining. It’s not our responsibility to drag them kicking and screaming to where they clearly don’t want to be. They don’t care about causes that aren’t specifically about them.

  • Jefferson

    Anonymous #10, how can occupy Oakland be 81% White, when Whites people make up only 25% of Oakland’s population.

    Unless the majority of the White protestors in Oakland don’t actually live there and are coming from San Francisco or other counties in the Bay Area.

  • Mike H.

    That 7.6% other is probably white teenagers who didn’t want to report their real race because they knew exactly what the statistics were going to turn out to be.

    Really, just look at pictures of these protests. 81% white? Try 99%.

  • Question Diversity

    19 Standard Bearer wrote:

    No one is preventing them from joining. It’s not our responsibility to drag them kicking and screaming to where they clearly don’t want to be. They don’t care about causes that aren’t specifically about them.

    What makes that axiom even more strange is that the Occutard movement actually IS about them, or it favors them disparately. Any welfarist mentality benefits blacks, so you would think blacks would be at least half of these hovels that are demanding that governments spend no money on banksters and all of it on welfare.

  • Anonymous

    21 — Mike H. wrote at 3:56 AM on November 6:

    Really, just look at pictures of these protests. 81% white? Try 99%.

    Maybe that’s why they keep saying “We are the 99%!”

  • Free State Paul

    @ Jefferson, HH and WR:

    You gotta turn off the TV and get out more!

    If you live in a city and get all your information from TV, you have a very distorted idea of who Americans really are.

    I spent a week in the Upper Peninsula of MI. From when I left Detriot airport until I returned, I saw exactly one black person.

  • Anonymous

    Yep. the media and other progressive organizations don’t realize how racist and contemptuous they are when they point out crowds are “too white.” Um…if blacks wanted to go, they’d be there. They certainly don’t need the media’s raising the alarm before they show up. They think of blacks as children to be led around. What a bunch of hypocrits.

    Maybe someday progressives will realize the blacks love being with each other. They don’t want to be with whites (schools, etc); they want to take over the whites’ nice organizations.

  • Mixed White Advocate

    There is a default “White Left” in the Western world. You know the sort, they happen to be White — which they wish they weren’t — who hate everything that challenges their liberal utopia on race and gender. Watch these rodents run mad when they realize they ARE the White Left.

    That word “White”…… shudder!

  • Murgatroyd

    Yep. the media and other progressive organizations don’t realize how racist and contemptuous they are when they point out crowds are ‘too white.’

    Nonsense. The media and other progressive organizations (which include the entire US government) know EXACTLY how racist and contemptuous they are when they point out crowds are “too white” — also when they coverup or hide black-on-white murders.

    They know exactly what they are doing and are doing it on purpose to destroy white Americans They are the front lines in the war against whites.

    Anyone who believes otherwise i.e. “the media don’t realize what they’re doing” hasn’t been paying attention. Open your eyes before it’s too late, it if isn’t already.

  • Anonymous

    27 — Murgatroyd wrote at 10:49 AM on November 8:

    Yep. the media and other progressive organizations don’t realize how racist and contemptuous they are when they point out crowds are ‘too white.’

    Nonsense. The media and other progressive organizations (which include the entire US government) know EXACTLY how racist and contemptuous they are when they point out crowds are “too white” — also when they coverup or hide black-on-white murders.

    They know exactly what they are doing and are doing it on purpose to destroy white Americans They are the front lines in the war against whites.

    Anyone who believes otherwise i.e. “the media don’t realize what they’re doing” hasn’t been paying attention. Open your eyes before it’s too late, it if isn’t already.

    This is exactly why I don’t listen to mainstream media anymore or read the regular newspaper.