Al Franken made a very public resignation just minutes ago. And believe it or not, I was crying. His speech brought me to tears, until.
As I was sitting on the side of my bed watching Franken’s resignation and crying this picture of myself leaving Exxon Company USA, 1555 Poydras Street, New Orleans, La.) flashed in my mind. And then a question. “Do you remember how much that hurt?” Yes.
It hurt hearing the stalkers screaming obscenities at me while I tried to carry on with my work. It hurt the way my co-workers looked at and regarded me after that. It hurt when the managers realized they’d made a mistake allowing the stalkers in their business and my place of work. It hurt that their way of resolving the problem was to fire me. It hurt. It hurt driving home after being fired. It hurt going to the unemployment office. It hurt being unemployed. It hurt having to move out of my apartment. It hurt having to call home and beg to come back. IT HURT!
It hurt being fired from Apex Automotive Warehouse after suffering 8 years more of harassment.
It hurt being fired from Jewel/Osco (Albertson Store Debt Recovery)
It hurt leaving Rush University Medical Center because I’d had enough of the harassment.
It hurt, it hurt it hurt. And it hurt even more when people told me it was ALL MY FAULT.
So, Al Franken, I feel you. I know exactly how much it hurts. But at least you get a golden Senate parachute to fall back on and you won’t be standing in the unemployment line anytime soon or making adjustment to your life in order to live on $1200.00 a month in Social Security.
Yes, it hurts.
I only hope that Dick Durbin, Danny K. Davis, Emanuel Chris Welch, Kimberly Lightford, Mayor Edwenna Perkins, and Police Chief Vladamir Talley were watching so that they’ll understand just how much having to give up your career can hurt.
Remember, what I hear YOUR CHILDREN HEAR. Will your child be next?
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