Additionally, we might question the commitment to racial equity of a city department head who suggests that I can't represent Ward 5 fully because I'm Hmong and most of my constituents are African American. The suggestion is ridiculous because I was elected—she was not—by a diverse coalition of voters including African Americans. My people did not come here in chains, they came to escape political retribution. But the truth—as a great leader said—is we're all in the same boat now. I'm not seeking racial equity for one segment of the community; I'm seeking it with equal intensity and purpose for every single person in Minneapolis who is affected by these huge disparities. Ultimately, I am committed to stopping the rhetoric around "One Minneapolis" and working diligently to make that dream a reality.