The Occupy Wall Street movement spread to Chicago this week, where protesters have gathered outside the Chicago Board of Trade, the world’s oldest options and futures trading center. Like the protesters in New York and other cities around the country, the group gathered to protest our nation’s growing income inequality, as the top 1 percent of Americans continue to see their incomes rise rapidly and their tax rates fall. The Chicago traders, confronted by the protesters’ “We are the 99 percent” message, crafted their own not-so-subtle reply, hanging signs in eighth-floor windows that said, “We are the 1%”
Um, we know you’re the 1% - hence the folks congregated outside your office. No need to rub it in with the asshattery. Why not just toast the protesters with some champagne? This photo should go into History and Sociology textbooks as an example of blatant class warfare.
I imagine there’s several traders in there who are one market crash away from joining the 99%. Hint: Many of them are probably in the 99% and don’t even realize it. Here’s some facts about the top 1%.
A 20th Century Limited passenger train leaves the LaSalle Street Station in Chicago for
Grand Central Terminal
in New York City, c. 1938. The
Chicago Board of Trade Building is visible in the background.
HB-39737, Hedrich-Blessing Collection, Chicago History Museum.
Photograph supplied by Arthur D. Dubin. Norris, photographer.