Where do these college protesters really come from?


A weekend pro-Trump rally at Houston City Hall turned into a shouting match between those who support the President and those who oppose him. About 100 people hurled insults and profanity at one another. Anti-Trump forces reportedly showed up at City Hall an hour before the planned rally to pre-empt their opposition.

There were no injuries and no arrests, unlike a protest in Huntington Beach, California which turned violent. Three people were taken into custody and one woman required medical attention.

A new study focusing on who makes up the protesters at liberal colleges reveals something that could very well surprise you.

The Brookings Institute crunched the numbers and researcher Richard Reeves told KTRH that when the results came in, especially from protesters at places like Middlebury College in Vermont, he found that they were not your average protester; not by any stretch of the imagination.

“Twenty-three percent of them come from households in the top one percent of the income distribution. One in four students at Middlebury are from that one percent,” Reeves explained.

Needless to say, he was not expecting to find what the results told him.

“It surprised me, the extent of it. We know there is a concentration of the upper middle class into more selective colleges. What surprised me was that was where all the controversy was taking place around free speech and around the disruption of speakers,” Reeves said.

The analysis was done by Reeves and Brookings shortly after controversial libertarian speaker Charles Murray was forced to go to a different location on the campus because of the intensity of the protests at Middlebury.


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