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Today I was given the middle finger and told “F**k you” by the City of Sacramento!
I awoke thinking it is going to be a good day. I headed out the door to work at 6:30am.
Some people are fortunate and wake up with a simple Things to Do list. I am not as fortunate. I am from the low income community and we often wake up with a Struggles to Endure, Battles to Fight List hopes to endure another day list.
Recently I have gone to various government offices and watched some within the city, county and state offices treat many low income residents as if they were voiceless, powerless and not worthy of being treated with respect.
I am low income. I believe whenever we have concerns we should also have a voice. When we have a voice we can disarm aggression - remain in the spirit of love- and arm ourselves with power.
With all the struggles I face on a daily basis I have to have a voice to disarm the mounting pain which can cause aggression. When my son was sentenced to prison his county/ state funded court appointed attorney looked me in the eyes and actually said, “F**k you”.
I am not privileged. I am in a community divided into victims and suspects, aggression, pain and anger surrounds me. I am trying to raise a son who will live in this city and I do it mourning the deaths of so many others that I love.
Too many of our children are dying prematurely. Too many of us are drowning, suffocating without a voice. I refuse to die in pain and let my struggles be buried with me.
I am trying to raise my son to know freedom and not live or die in a California prison.
I am teaching my son the pen is mightier than the sword. I am teaching him he is entitled and worthy of respect. I am teaching my son there is power in having a voice.
With all the struggles I face throughout the day, being a low income resident, I will not start my day being told “F**k You” by a City Employee.
When you are a city, county, state employee what you do on your own time in your own vehicle is your business. When you are in a city, county, state office or vehicle you no longer simply represent yourself --you represent the city or county of Sacramento.
This morning I attempted to enter the right lane to merge onto the freeway. I put my blinker on and when it was safe I attempted to merge into the right lane.
Suddenly I noticed a white city truck speeding up in an attempt to not let me in front of him. I couldn’t believe the driver would deliberately make me miss the freeway entrance because he did not have the courtesy to allow me to merge onto the lane.
The city truck sped up in efforts to prevent me from merging onto the freeway. Fortunately the driver behind the city truck allow me to enter the lane.
As I drove onto the freeway I entered into the left lane. I noticed the white city truck was in the right lane with several cars in front of him. We waited for one car to merge onto the freeway per green light.
My turn arrived and now this time I am in front of the white city truck. The driver sped up close to the back of my car. As we entered Interstate 5 he raced on the side of me. I looked over and this man, appearing filled with anger, rage, leaned toward his passenger window threw his arm towards my direction with his middle finger pointed at me stating ‘F**k You”
What the driver of the truck didn’t know is that I was not going to yell and cuss back at him. I have too many battles to fight, too many struggles to endure, bigger fish to fry, too much heartbreak. I was not going to throw my middle finger back at him or yell ‘F**k you”
I simply reached over to my purse and grabbed my camera. After witnessing so much from so many government workers I now carry my camera wherever I go. For me, “The pen (accompanied by photographs) is mightier than the sword”
I have respect for many city officials, departments, events, services and employees. And I do not believe we, as city residents have to tolerate disrespect by city, county, state government employees while they are representing the government office.
If he was in his own vehicle and raced up close to me, flipped me off and said “F**k you” I would not write this opinion.
The aggressive and angry man was in a City truck therefore he represented the City of Sacramento. And I will not be flipped off and told “Fu*k you” by the city of Sacramento.
Thumbs down to the City of Sacramento.