A local rapper named Equipto tapped into the long-simmering anger over displacement in San Francisco when he confronted Mayor Ed Lee in this viral video posted online Tuesday night:
I just wanted to tell Mayor Lee something.. pic.twitter.com/e5aCjtSqLq
— Equipto (@EQUIPTO) October 7, 2015
After running into Lee at Max’s Opera Cafe on Van Ness, yesterday, Equipto tells him:
“You’re a disgrace to Asians, man. You got no heart. The people that built this city you’re getting them all kicked out of here, man. That’s some cold shit. You’re part of it. I know you are. I know you’re linked with mobsters bro.”
You’re a disgrace to Asians man, we can make a change. You’re kicking the people that built this city outta here!”
People on Facebook and Twitter are congratulating Equipto left and right.
It has over 1,400 shares on Facebook right now, and you can check out the post here.
It appears yelling at the mayor in restaurants is the only option people have if they disagree with his policies – because Lee isn’t goin’ anywhere.
Though he has a few mayoral challengers, like Amy Farah Weiss and San Francisco Examiner columnist Broke-Ass Stuart, neither has the money politicos say is needed to take on an incumbent like Lee.
There are, however, many legitimate gripes San Franciscans may have with the direction of The City. The unprecedented tech boom which, despite swelling our municipal coffers with cash, is displacing long-time and native San Franciscans.
But we’re deprived of democracy here in San Francisco, as candidates need money to be viable – and none of Lee’s rivals have enough to beat him.
It’s such an uncontested race, there’ll only be one mayoral “debate” (though it’s apparently not formatted like a debate), hosted by the League of Women Voters tomorrow night.
Much of this is because of Lee’s bountiful warchest (contrary to claims of the perennial nit-wit C.W. Nevius, the SF Chronicle columnist who says it’s just because Lee’s such a popular fellow). Lee has a whopping $1.4 million from monied interests for his re-election campaign, and that’s without having any major opponents.
Imagine how much money angel tech investor Ron Conway would’ve corralled for Lee if they actually had to fight a fight.
I suppose we’ll never know. Until then, all San Franciscans can do is tell the mayor off – to his face.
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