Sherri Shepherd, one of the hosts on ABC’s “The View”, took issue with Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain’s comments over the weekend calling Occupy Wall Street protesters “jealous” Americans who “play the victim card” and “just want to ride somebody else’s Cadillac.” Shepherd said Cain’s comments blaming people for not being rich were the problematic, to say the least.
Shepherd went on to state the obvious for Cain: “Not everybody is lazy, a lot people just fell on hard times,” and they actually do “want to work.”
And hard times are easy to come by these days. Unemployment is stuck at 9 percent, and that number is nearly double for African Americans. A record 3.8 million households have filed for foreclosure in 2010, and 2011 is on track to set another record with one in five black and Latino borrowers believed to be at the brink of foreclosure.
Cain, who’s hoping to win the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, is somehow oblivious to the fact that poverty rates are reaching new highs each year — and it’s not because people aren’t sending our resumes or going on job interviews everyday.
Fellow co-host Whoopi Goldberg went on to say she supports Occupy Wall Street’s right to gather. “When a grassroots campaign is organized people say ‘oh it’s one of those’ or ‘it’s this or that’ but it’s not a mob, it’s people getting pissed off doing what Americans do when they get pissed off. We did it in the ’60s, people did it in the ’70s and people did it in the ’50s, and it works.”