Meet the rich white male behind the #Ferguson-driven black boycott of capitalism (Video)

Meet the rich white male behind the #Ferguson-driven black boycott of capitalism (Video)

This year’s Black Friday was a bust, according to Bloomberg. Sales were down 11% from last year. A survey by the National Retail Federation ascribed the decline to an improved economy, which in turn lessened consumers’ reliance on deep discounts.

While this was bad news for retailers, it was encouraging news for Blackout for Human Rights, a group that organized Ferguson-driven boycotts at shopping malls across the country last Friday and hopes eventually to topple capitalism.

Protesters lying on floor at St. Louis mall
Protesters lying on floor at St. Louis mall

You wouldn’t know capitalism was evil to judge from the lifestyle of the group’s marketing director. His name is Michael Latt. He is white and very rich — and unashamed to show it.

GotNews, which broke the story on Sunday, has a number of images from Latt’s Facebook page that show him living the good life he claims to abhor. One, a shot of Latt at the wheel of his yacht, is reproduced below:

Michael Latt

Other photos, all dripping with “white privilege,” capture Latt fighting the good fight for poor, urban America … by, for example, “hanging at the pool in Malibu, on the beach in Jamaica and France, clubbing and pubbing in London, Madrid, and Barcelona.”

A video by Blackout for Human Rights is likewise in-your-face in its message, which advises, “Control how black money is spent and you win the game.” Now that’s transparency.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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