According to a new study from sociologists at the City University of New York, more than a third of activists in the Occupy movement in New York City had household incomes above $100,000, placing them at the cusp of the top quintile of income distribution in America. Researchers surveyed 729 people who participated in a May 1 rally last year and were involved in the "occupation" of Zuccotti Park in the fall of 2011, and found that they were more affluent, whiter, younger, much more highly educated, and more likely to be male than the average New Yorker.
Non-Hispanic whites constituted 62 percent of all respondents, though they make up only 33 percent of New York City residents. While only about a third of Americans hold bachelors' degrees, 76 percent of respondents who had completed their education had a four-year college degree and 39 percent had graduate degrees. Among college graduates, more than a quarter went to top-ranked schools, which might help explain why the majority of graduates under 30 had some student debt. While 10 percent of participants were unemployed, 71 percent were employed in professional occupations. Eight percent were "blue collar."
Upon being asked about the high correlation of Occupiers emerging from elite universities and their unwillingness to bathe, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala) stated, "All leftist, highly educated elitists have never bothered to bathe because they think their you-know-what doesn't stink." Asked if it bothered him that the leftist grass-roots Occupy movement consisted of so many highly educated and wealthy people, he opined: "In all candor I'd rather hang with dumb Southern goobers who are easy to bamboozle with diluted platitudes about liberty."