Anatomy of A Protest: North Carolina and Your (Formerly) Private Information
With North Carolina's growing Moral Monday protests entering their 10th cycle today, Art Pope's right-wing Civitas Institute is at hard if nonsensical work trying to discredit the thousands of concerned cititzens nefariously claiming to represent a cross-section of the state by revealing "who they really are" - ie: you know, dirty commie hippie riff raff and "outsiders." Raising a host of privacy concerns, Civitas has posted a detailed protester database on the 574 arrestees to date offering a wide array of personal information: name, age, race, occupation, mugshot, "Anatomy of a Protester," salary of public employees, and affiliation with revolutionary groups like the Democratic Party, NAACP, Council of Churches and Wildlife Foundation. The kicker: Turns out they're, umm, a cross-section of the state. The breakdown finds that 98% are from North Carolina, the majority are white, 80% are employed, more than half are clergy or work in health care and education, and the largest age group is 56-65. And God knows we're dangerous.