Ever since little mini Occupy Wall Street shantytowns started popping up in major metropolitan areas around the world several weeks ago, certain people have been going waaaay out of their way trying to figure out how to discredit the populist movement. But without much luck. The movement shows no signs of slowing, it's gaining traction with popular opinion, and it's become such a cultural touchstone that presidential candidates are being forced to comment on it.
However, all that is almost certainly about to change in the aftermath of this bombshell piece of investigative journalism from Tucker Carlson's brainchild The Daily Caller…
For each of the 984 Occupy Wall Street protesters arrested in New York City between September 18 and October 15, police collected and filed an information sheet recording the arrestee’s name, age, sex, criminal charge, home address and — in most cases — race. The Daily Caller has obtained all of this information from a source in the New York City government.
Among addresses for which information is available, single-family homes listed on those police intake forms have a median value of $305,000 — a far higher number than the $185,400 median value of owner-occupied housing units in the United States.
Some of the homes where "Occupy" arrestees reside, viewed through Google Maps and the Multiple Listing Service real estate database, are the definition of opulence.
Oh… My… God… This is a game changer!
You mean to tell me that, of the fraction of New York City's OWS protests who were arrested and who also either live in their parents' home or can afford a home of their own, most of them live in more expensive houses than people in the rest of the country?! In the area around New York City?! That is crazy!
You know what this means, don't you? It means that some of OWS people have or come from money and, for obviously nefarious reasons, are still opposed to financial and legal inequity. Which, despite being completely in line with everything they say they're fighting for, is highly scandalous (for some reason that probably doesn't sound like it makes sense but totally does if you think about it really really hard)!
I can't imagine how OWS will bounce back after findings like this. This is truly a crippling blow for the movement.
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Tags: Money, Occupy Wall Street, Protesters, Tucker Carlson