Raymond Sheppard on a long wait with his sick grandson at the IWK ER. “I had concluded we were being overlooked and left at the back of the bus because of our ethnicity.”
After so many meaningless apologies and promises by police chiefs and governments over the years it will take a lot more to regain the trust of African Nova Scotians than yet another apology, writes Raymond Sheppard. “It seems that the HRP to this day is a hotbed of racism, and there is a strong need to clean house.”
There is constant propaganda deliberately aimed toward us as African people in order to turn hate inward and to promote self destruction, writes Rayond Sheppard. “The quest to conquer and annihilate us as African people is relentless and some of our own people are being used to seal the deal.”
This summer Premier McNeil took a stand against several recent racist incidents here in Nova Scotia. But racism is here each and every day, and it’s time for the province to take a closer look, writes Raymond Sheppard.
In his quest to understand the Lionel Desmond case Raymond Sheppard finds out about the PTDS-like side effects of a malaria drug prescribed for Canadian soldiers who went to Afghanistan.
With Remembrance Day approaching, Raymond Sheppard wants us to reflect on the case of Lionel Desmond and all the soldiers who struggle with PTSD and racism without meaningful support from the Canadian Forces.
Delays in the Lionel Desmond enquiry are unacceptable and cruel. “Sources close to this writer state that these delays are largely due to a number of lawyers demanding more money per hour while the Desmond and Borden families are made to wait, thus adding more trauma and pain and suffering,” writes Raymond Sheppard..
In 2017, Lionel Desmond, a young African Nova Scotian,shot and killed his mother, his wife, and their 10-year-old daughter. During his service in the Canadian Armed Forces Desmond, who after two stints in Afghanistan suffered from PTSD, faced consistent anti-Black racism. This racism has been a contributing factor to his PTSD, writes Raymond Sheppard.
Raymond Sheppard on the rich history of survival and mutual aid that marked life in African Nova Scotian communities through the ages.
“As an African Nova Scotian, there are many, many things I know little or nothing about, but I do know a little something about poverty and its many effects,” writes Raymond Sheppard.