Erbayne W. Jarvis,
Cottage Grove, MN.
My six words came out of an experience I had when I went to a government agency deliver some document as part of my work on behalf of a client. I needed help in finding the person to whom I was to deliver the documents. One of the employees of the agency tried to get her fellow employee to join in the effort to help me. The first employee who tried to help, said to the other, “he has something for his worker.” The thought which came to mind as I heard words, was that I was perceived as an African-American person who was at the agency for the purpose of receiving government benefits. I am an attorney in private practice and would describe myself as Afro-Caribbean-American. I was at the agency as part of my representation of my client for an upcoming legal proceeding.