The “Moral Monday” protesters have been protesting that they are true representatives of North Carolina. Now, no one voted for them, so how can we assume that they do indeed represent the people they claim to be helping?
We at Civitas have been poring through the arrest records and other public documents to find out more about those arrested at the protests. You can check here for our findings prior to June 10. Next week we’ll have updates, and will continue to follow what goes on at these protests.
My take on the crowd is that those arrested are typical of the crowd I saw gathered for the June 10 protest. Our study of the arrested people showed 62 percent were over 55 years old; the same percentage lived in Orange, Wake or Durham counties; 98 percent were Democratic or Libertarian; and 80 percent were white. Most worked in white-collar fields, with the most common being education, at 27 percent, followed by the clergy at 18 percent, and work for a non-profit at 14 percent.
In short, a typical protester would be a Baby Boomer teacher from Chapel Hill. As a Baby Boomer from Cary who works at a non-profit, I certainly don’t look down on that demographic. But it hardly can be taken to be a broad representation of North Carolina’s population.
Uhhhh your own data show that the arrestees are a broad and diverse group, similar in many ways to the NC public at large.
For those who missed it, here’s what’s *really* going on. Things are much more complicated than just extrapolating from the most frequently appearing datapoint.