I have fallen behind in my goal to share as many of John Fioravanti’s Black History in Canada series as possible this month. In part that is because I was hoping for a return of the missing ‘re-blog’ button, and in part it is simply because it is my nature to fall behind. It isn’t that I am inept or inefficient, simply that I sometimes bite off more than I can chew. But a look at the calendar shows me that Black History Month is winding down and will soon be over, so I want to share at least one of John’s fascinating posts today. This one highlights Richard Pierpoint, a former African slave who fought in the Revolutionary War and later, at age 68, fought in the War of 1812. His story is one of courage in the face of the evils of slavery and bigotry, of hard work and storytelling. Please read about this persona from Canada’s Black History archives. Thank you, John, for this post and permission to share with my friends.
Richard Pierpoint – Former Slave, Loyalist, Soldier, Community Leader, and Storyteller
Richard Pierpoint (also Pawpine, Parepoint; Captain Pierpoint, Captain Dick; Black Dick), loyalist, soldier, community leader, storyteller (born c. 1744 in Bondu [now Senegal]; died c. 1838, near present-day Fergus, ON). Pierpoint was an early leader in Canada’s Black community. Taken from West Africa as a teenager and sold into slavery, Pierpoint regained his freedom during the American Revolution. He settled in Niagara, Upper Canada, and attempted to live communally with other Black Canadians. In the War of 1812, he petitioned for an all-Black unit to fight for the British and fought with the Coloured Corps.
Finish reading the story …
Many have written, in the five days since the mass school shooting tragedy in Parkland, Florida, about the need for enhanced gun regulations. It is always so, and I myself am working on a piece about the same. Hugh Curtler’s piece, however, stands out for two reasons. First, it is a calm, well-reasoned piece, rather than the emotionally-charged pieces some of us write. Second, he references a book from a former Supreme Court Justice that proves beyond a doubt that stricter gun regulations, such as banning assault weapons and enhanced background checks DO NOT infringe upon the 2nd Amendment. Please take a few minutes to read Hugh’s excellent work and leave him a comment letting him know what you think. Thank you, Hugh, for permission to share.
In the wake of the most recent spate of killings in a high school in Florida we hear once again the tired mantra “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” The whole thing is brushed aside as a case of poor mental health. And while there is some truth in this, since anyone who walks into a school and starts shooting innocent teachers and students has to be clinically insane, it remains a fact that guns DO kill people and automatic weapons kill a great number of people in a very short time. Let us now hush the mantra and the mindless dismissal of real causes to consider the fact that there is hard evidence that tougher gun laws do, in fact, reduce the number of gun deaths. This has been shown in the case of both Japan and Australia.
Our friend Keith Wilson wrote this post a couple of weeks ago … 05 February … and I meant to re-blog it when I first read it. I actually thought I had shared it with you all, but I eventually figured out that I hadn’t, and by that time the re-blog button had disappeared, so I waited. Obviously, holding my breath for the return of the button is not working, so I will share Keith’s post in this manner, for this is too important and we really need to get the word out.
Please take just a minute to read the latest in our government’s attempt to help the rich get richer and ensure that the poor get poorer.
Independent views from someone who offers some historical context
On December 5, 2017, the Department of Labor under the guidance of the self-proclaimed populist President offered proposed regulations that would affect tipped employees. The 60 day comment period just expired, so unless the push back was convincing this proposal may become regulation. The proposal unwinds an Obama regulation which prohibits an employer from garnishing tips from workers who make at least the $7.25 minimum wage.
It should be noted that restaurant workers have a lesser minimum wage of only $2.13 which has been in place for twenty plus years. They can be paid an hourly wage this low, provided their tip income brings their total hourly pay to $7.25. As of May, 2017, the average combined wage and tip income for restaurant workers was $11.82 per hour.
In essence, the proposed regulation would allow an employer to garnish the extra tips above a total wage rate of $7.25. Now, the employer could be altruistic and reallocate this tip income to all workers, such as the cooks and buspeople (those that clean off the tables). This could also include the tipped worker who would receive a reallocated portion, but less than the direct tips garnished.
Many thanks, Keith, for allowing me to share this important information!
Alright, who made off with the re-blog button?
This is how it’s supposed to look!
I have fallen behind on sharing John’s wonderful, enlightening posts about Black History Month in Canada, and I was planning to share two of his today. But there was no re-blog button to be found. Yes, I know I’m half blind and not seeing quite right, but I checked several other fellow bloggers posts, and … no button. Checked my own … still no button. So, sigh, I am forced to use “Press This” to share John’s post. The main reason I prefer ‘re-blog’ is that it shows the first part of the author’s post, enough to grab the reader’s interest and makes them want more. Other reasons I prefer ‘re-blog’ include that it is quicker, and it also notifies the original author. In the interest of doing that, I will take the liberty of providing a brief snippet here, and ask you to please click the link to read the rest, for this lady in the annals of history is truly remarkable!
Mary Ann Shadd Cary – Educator, Publisher, and Abolitionist
Mary Ann Camberton Shadd Cary, educator, publisher, abolitionist (born 9 October 1823 in Wilmington, Delaware; died 5 June 1893 in Washington, DC). The first Black female newspaper publisher in Canada, Shadd founded and edited The Provincial Freeman. She also established a racially integrated school for Black refugees in Windsor, Canada West. In 1994, Shadd was designated a Person of National Historic Significance in Canada.
via Black History Month In Canada… Mary Ann Shadd Cary