Despite the fact that African Americans have been hit harder by the recession than white people, African Americans are not participating in the Occupy Wall Street movement at the same rate as white people.
Despite the fact that African Americans are more than 12% of the country, according to a Fast Company survey, they only comprise 1.6% of the Occupy Wall Street Movement.
The Washington Post reports:
“Occupy Wall Street was started by whites and is about their concern with their plight,” Nathalie Thandiwe, a radio host and producer for WBAI in New York, said in an interview. “Now that capitalism isn’t working for ‘everybody,’ some are protesting.”
Blacks have historically suffered the income inequality and job scarcity that the Wall Street protesters are now railing against. Perhaps black America’s absence is sending a message to the Occupiers: “We told you so! Nothing will change. We’ve been here already. It’s hopeless.”