Significant moments videos - Hume apologizes, Shergill's three teachable moments on social justice & civic engagement

During the Wednesday, September 13 Elk Grove City Council meeting, perhaps the most significant moments came during the public hearing ...



During the Wednesday, September 13 Elk Grove City Council meeting, perhaps the most significant moments came during the public hearing on the potential switch to by-district votings. The move, which is supported by Mayor Steve Ly but vigorously opposed by councilmembers Steve Detrick, Pat Hume, Stephanie Nguyen, and Darren Suen, would put Elk Grove in compliance with California voters and civil rights laws.

The first moment came when Hume offered an unspecified apology to Elk Grove resident and civil rights advocate Amar Shergill. Based on their public comments, following the August 28 Elk Grove City Council meeting, Hume acknowledged he made "untoward" comments about Shergill and his commentary during that session. 

At that meeting, Shergill, who is a practicing Sikh, openly expressed grief during his public comments on by-district voting in regards to an elderly Sikh man who was murdered in Tracy, Calif. and the apparent victim of a hate crime. Shergill accepted the apology.   

A moment after accepting Hume's apology, Shergill offered comments on the matter at hand, by-district voting. While Shergill has long advocated for the change to by-district voting not only as a fiscally responsible move by the city, he also has argued it as a matter of compliance to civil and voters rights.

Shergill switched gears and took the opportunity to speak to several high school student in attendance. 

Below are videos of Shergill's teachable three minutes and Hume's apology.


Shergill's three teachable moments


Hume's apology


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Capt. Benjamin Willard said...

I have never had the opportunity to meet Mr. Shergill, but I have seen him frequently appear before the Elk Grove City Council, and I have to say I appreciate his thoughtful comments. However, his remarks to the students were beyond impressive.

Not only did he provide a valuable lesson for the youth in attendance, but he also outwitted the city council. By framing the proceeding in the manner he did, he subtly criticized their posture on the by-district issue. Sadly, given the lack of intellectual firepower on our city council, they probably were unaware of the critique.

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Eye on Elk Grove said...

Should the students attending Elk Grove City Council meetings be more concerned with what Vice Mayor Pat Hume says from the dais when the cameras are on, or the disparaging remarks he made about Amar Shergill at a community meeting and got caught?

Will the real Pat Hume please stand up.

The great John Wooden once said: “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. . .the true test of a man's character is what he does when no one is watching.”

No matter what, elected officials must be held to a higher standard.

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