Raymond Sheppard usually writes about the many ways racism manifests in Nova Scotia, but today he tackles positivity. “We should try to focus more on what we can do and not what we cannot do. Sometimes this is challenging, but positivity improves our mental health and self esteem, and without positivity dreams seems to evaporate,” he writes.
Raymond Sheppard: We are proud of our culture, heritage and lineage. The strength, spirit, courage, resilience, faith, hope, indomitable spirit, perseverance, pride, dignity, respect and honor that is in us is our inheritance from Mother Africa.
Raymond Sheppard: Sisters and Brothers, in closing, we must never let others define us. We are beautiful and we are here.
Raymond Sheppard: It amazes me that in this so-called enlightened year of 2021, broadcasting stations in Canada can be so insensitive to people of African descent.
Raymond Sheppard: As an African Nova Scotian elder I was pleased to see the CBC taking steps to embrace African Canadians and “diversity” in all its splendor after so many years. I hope “true and real diversity” becomes part of a new service delivery package. I also hope my excitement is not short-lived.
Raymond Sheppard: Since our August Black Human Rights Matter rally I have been contacted by 32 African Nova Scotians who all give the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission a failing grade.
Raymond Sheppard on the racist mob attack at Capitol Hill, the instigators fanning the flames, and how Canada isn’t all that different.
Raymond Sheppards on some social justice issues that have been allowed to fester for far too long.
Raymond Sheppard nominates Eddie Carvery for African Nova Scotian of the year, and makes some wishes for 2021: Fire Chief Dan Kinsella, reparations, collect race-based data, a CBC that pays attention to the African Nova Scotian community and more.
Raymond Sheppard: “We should recognize and credit those African Nova Scotians who have made a difference in the past and continue to make a difference today. Dr. Lynn Jones is such a person. She helps wherever and whenever she is able to.”