You can sum up the destruction of a people in many ways. Including, economically, (as in the Jane and Finch corridor of Toronto, presently), socially and also politically, through such actions, such as displacement and exile and as were the case with Africville, where the Blacks were physically uprooted and displaced. You can also destroy a people physically, by the simple act of genocide through wars, displacement and other politically motivated actions of a government. Dr. Afua Cooper, a Historian and also a Jamaican by birth, has also done a great job, in exposing this other side of the African Canadian heritage. I had first met Dr. Afua Cooper, back when she was much younger and also was a writer and a poet soley back then, in the 1980's, at the Third Word Book Store. That was owned by Leonard Johnson and his wife, Gwendolyn Johnson, two very racially conscious African Canadians, who had opened the store in 1968, because of the need for such a bookstore within the Black community, back then. The Bookstore was also located on Bathurst Street, in Toronto, which was also frequented by many up and coming Black writers and poets. I had also never met a more nicer couple, than they. Yes, I have been around for a long time, much to the consternation of many.
Dudley Laws, god rest his soul, and his early organization, The United Negro Improvement Association, a local branch of the organization, that was started by another Jamaican, Marcus Garvey, which was located on Vaughan Road, in Toronto, in the early 80's, would also provide me, with much interesting things to do, as I used to hung around that organization, as a teenager. Actually, no one who knew me then, is also surprised at what I am doing now, in fact. I went from being a very racially conscious teenager, to being a very socially and politically conscious adult. It is no coincidence that I also have ended up being a Blogger, on the issues of human rights in Canada. It was always in me. Dudley Laws always used to say to me, "Valerie, what am I going to do with you?". We knocked heads all of the time. But he also helped me on occasions, due to his influence, in the Black community. And he did have a lot of influence, within the Black community. I cannot mention here, either, a second Black person like Dudley Laws, of influence, in Canada, who has done the same. They all sold me out, in fact, to the Canadian government.
Did I also forget to mention that Black people, are also their worst enemy, sometimes?. Money, greed and social positions, will always get the better of some of them. Fortunately, my actions has also stood up on its own. I am rarely questioned on my personal integrity, by anyone. Okay, enough of the talk about me. What I have actually done to bring about the awareness, of some of the Canadian government's actions, on the issues of human rights abuse, is another story in and of itself. It is also an ongoing issue, as far as I am concerned. And not enough has really been said about it, until now.
By focusing on the issues of human rights abuse, that has taken place in Canada and also continues to take place in that country, I also hope to set the example for other more timid Blacks to follow. That they can also speak out about injustices and not to worry about the consequences, that they might also suffer, for doing just so. We have a story that must be told, for some of us individually, and for others as part of a group. Regardless, it is a story that must also be told. Africville, will also be remembered, in our collective consciousness. So must also all of the other wrongs that has been done to us as a people, including the 12 million Africans, who has lost their lives, in the Atlantic Slave Trade. That was a holocaust that was also unprecedented and there has never been any like it since. We also must remember who we are and where we came from. And also what has happened to us, as a people. History also demands it from us.