Raymond Sheppard and others continue to press for a hate crime charge in the Nhlanhla Dlamini attack. They also want the court to consider the impact of such hate crimes on the broader African Nova Scotian community. It’s time for an inquiry into the mistreatment of African Nova Scotians by the criminal justice system, they say.
Raymond Sheppard on the urgent need to fix systemic anti-Black racist bias in the courts and in policing.
Raymond Sheppard on how white privilege rather than hard work is the cause of many white people’s good fortunes. And racism functions to keep it that way.
Raymond Sheppard on the high velocity nail gun attack on Nhlanhla Dlamini and the prosecution so far: “Lived experience confirms the entrenched racism, intolerance and injustice within the criminal justice system that African Nova Scotian are forced to endure while privilege allows Caucasians to walk through iron, if they ever go to court in the first place.”
Raymond Sheppard: “It is African Heritage Month. Our struggles continue, yet now it is time to celebrate our glorious history. It is also time for the government of Nova Scotia to step up to the plate and do the right thing as it pertains to African Nova Scotians.”
Raymond Sheppard: “To borrow a few words of the late Martin Luther King, Jr., I have a dream, deeply rooted in the Nova Scotian experience.”
An open letter to Justice MInister Mark Furey about the high velocity nail gun attack on Nhlanhla Dlamini. More than criminal negligence the alleged attack should be considered a hate crime.
Raymond Sheppard on what would make 2019 a better year than 2018.
Raymond Sheppard continues his investigation of an Afrocentric counselling practice, what that entails and why it is urgently needed. “African Nova Scotian history has never been seriously discussed in the therapeutic process and therefore has denied African Nova Scotians an understanding of our identity. Counsellors must be aware that the effects of slavery, racism, hate and marginalization are still a part of who we are as a people.”
Raymond Sheppard on the need for Africentric mental health services: “African Nova Scotians suffer in silence, not being privy to programs and services they can identify with. With differences in heritage, culture and lineage, the time is past due for services and programs that accommodate the unique differences of African Nova Scotians.”