“Over the years, I had the pleasure of knowing some very good police officers within the Halifax Regional Municipality.” A quick note by Raymond Sheppard.

Raymond Sheppard explains why Nhlanhla Dlamini is his nomination for person of the year. “He has shown courage in the face of adversity, he tries at all costs to avoid confrontation, and he has spoken truth to power and privilege. He is a silence breaker while sending a clear message. He is gentle, loving, caring and respecting. As a young man he has become a role model to other young people and to those not so young.

“Like in law enforcement, criminal justice, housing, employment, education racism also plays a role in the healthcare system. How could it not be,” writes Raymond Sheppard. “To address disparities in healthcare, those involved in the delivery of healthcare must first acknowledge that discrimination and anti-Black racism in the system are real.”

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.”