We've been reporting on the Occupy Wall St. protesters for some time now, but we haven't seen any signs of racism. Until now. But are they the ramblings of a disturbed man?
National Review correspondent Charles Cooke posted video Tuesday of a young man berating an older Jewish man, calling him a bum (it seems in response to being called the same term), mocking him by asking him if he speaks English, and telling him to "go back to Israel."
Cooke describes the exchange:
Moments after I arrived, I saw a Jewish gentleman being berated when he criticized a protester. (Shortly after my video camera was switched off, he (inexplicably) shouted the N-word at the same man.)
Here's the shocking video:
As you can hear in the video, the man claims to be part of a local plumber's union. But that could be erroneous, as Cooke notes he claimed to be a lot of things: "he told me that he was white, Puerto Rican, Jewish, and African-American. I suggested he was, in fact, Confused, but he didn’t take much to that."
Also heard in the video is that the man goes by the name "lotion man" and tells Cooke to look him up on YouTube. We did, and what we found is quite disturbing.
According to one video, "Lotion Man" is actually someone named Danny Cline. In the video, he can be seen getting into another verbal argument, using extremely vulgar language, and repeatedly using racial slurs:
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In a second video on YouTube, "Lotion Man" is seen trying to pierce his tongue with an earring and again saying some wild, whacky, and disturbed things (same CONTENT WARNING applies for language):
And finally, a third video shows "Lotion Man" actually harassing some people while later bragging about meeting some of the celebrities that came down to the park to join the protests (same CONTENT WARNING):
The latter videos raise the proposition that the first video could be the ramblings of a very unstable man.