ATLANTA (AP) — The outcry against the nation’s financial institutions that’s swept the country in recent weeks has crossed many boundaries, including class, gender and age. But a stubborn hurdle in many cities has been a lack of racial inclusion, something noted by organizers and participants alike.
The absence of diversity is particularly notable given that some of the larger issues surrounding the Occupy movement — including the economy, foreclosures and unemployment — are disproportionately affecting people of color.
John Hope Bryant is the founder and chief executive officer of a nonprofit organization that educates low-income Americans about finances. Bryant, who is black, says African-Americans are more inclined to rally around social justice causes, rather than those dealing with financial literacy.