A young New York City native described by one critic as the “poster child for white privilege” has been slapped with felony rioting and misdemeanor graffiti charges after participating in a window-smashing rampage during a riot in Manhattan on Friday.
According to The New York Post, 20-year-old Clara Kraebber is the wealthy Upper East Sider daughter of an architect and a child psychiatrist. Kraebber is one of eight people arrested Friday night and accused of having a hand in the three-hour spree that police say caused at least $100,000 in damage.
EXCLUSIVE: As protestors take to the streets of New York, a small group of troublemakers are seen smashing windows. We know of at least 8 arrests tonight. One store worker says he understands the protests, but doesn’t get the destruction of property – 11p @NBCNewYork pic.twitter.com/vr4z76ZqQn
— Adam Harding (@HardingReports) September 5, 2020
Kraebber now faces a maximum of four years in prison for the riot charge alone.
“Every city, every town, burn the precinct to the ground!” Kraebber’s group chanted as they smashed the plate glass facades of banks, Starbucks, and Duane-Reades on Lafayette Street.
The protest, the Post reports, was organized by groups calling themselves the “New Afrikan Black Panther Party” and the “Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement.”
The Post continues:
Given her privileged upbringing, Kraebber might seem an unlikely alleged revolutionary in those ranks.
Kraebber’s mother, Virginia Kindred, runs Kindred Arch. Works, a Manhattan architect firm that has designed spaces for Columbia University and NYU, and worked on numerous school and business spaces throughout the city.
Her father is Markus Kraebber, an Upper East Side child and adolescent psychiatrist who teaches at the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry.
In 2016 the family paid $1.8 million for their 16th-floor apartment on East End Avenue. The family also owns a 1730 home — featuring four fireplaces, according to property listings — in tony Litchfield County, Conn.
The Post also found that this is hardly the first time Kraebber has engaged in leftist radicalism.
“We don’t have much political power right now, being youths, but this is something we can do,” she reportedly told the New York Times back in 2014, discussing her participation in a Manhattan rally after the police death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
At the time, Kraebber was only 14 years old and a student at the swanky Hunter College High School.
According to her Facebook page, which has since been tightly locked down for privacy, Kraebber is a member of the Rice Young Democrats at Rice University in Houston.
There, she helped work on Beto O’Rourke’s failed 2018 bid for Sen. Ted Cruz’ seat.
The Post reports that she donated $121 to the Rice Young Democrats PAC and posted a Facebook photo showing herself looking up at the candidate, telling her followers, “Does Beto make you feel this way too??? THEN GO VOTE!!!”
When The Post sought comment from Kraebber by phone at her second home in Connecticut on Friday night, she didn’t have much to say about her arrest: “No — not right now — I don’t want to talk about it.”
“This is the height of hypocrisy,” one law enforcement source who was at the protest told The Post. “This girl should be the poster child for white privilege, growing up on the Upper East Side and another home in Connecticut. I wonder how her rich parents feel about their daughter. How would they feel if they graffitied their townhouse?”
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