Mixed in among the myriad protesters in New York yesterday was none other than Kanye West himself. While some might immediately be skeptical that such a move might be more of a publicity stunt than an act of solidarity, it doesn't seem like Kanye was in it for the attention. He refused to talk to the media and just walked with the rest of the protestors for a while. A pretty low-key, humble gesture of support, I'd say. And for the internet naysayers who argue he's too far up the tax brackets to genuinely participate in the protests? I don't know. I think Kanye knows he's lucky to have done so well in a system that was pitted against him from the start. It doesn't mean he can't sometimes enjoy the rewards of his own hard work. Just because you're part of the 1% financially doesn't mean you can't be a part of the 99% in spirit--just look at Warren Buffet.
So good on Kanye, and best of luck to the rest of the Occupy Wall Street participants who continue to stick it out for the long haul against the corrupted powers that be.
Check out a brief video of the rapper hanging out amidst the New York crowd below.