Fort Rouge community correspondent
Beatrice Watson is a community correspondent for Fort Rouge.
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“Lift as you climb” is the motto of African communities in North America. As our lives improve we are encouraged to help others up. It’s a simple but powerful formula for success.
Our ancestors have done the hard work. This generation of Blacks have it comparatively great. It is our turn to take the next step forward for our youth, to get them on track for success in spite of racism.
According to many Black thinkers, the next economic frontier we have to position our children to explore is in the area of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
We need those people with skills to lend a helping hand so that BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of colour) youth are poised and set to create their own opportunities and lives. Business people are smart enough to know their success lies in garnering the skills of the best and brightest.
This is a time of reckoning and a time of soul searching. You are locked up indoors alone with the TV, radio, computer and other electronic devices that help you to cope with loneliness.
Being in quarantine and alone is like a double-edged sword. On the one hand you have only yourself to contend with and therefore less chances of contracting the virus. On the other, you are alone without human contact. And if you happen to be a hypochondriac, you begin to think about a lot of “what if” scenarios — what if I get sick in the middle of the night and can’t breathe and am too weak to reach the phone and...
Before this lockdown, I led a pretty active, involved life. There was no shortage of things to do. It’s like driving at 100 kilometres per hour and having someone jump in front of you, requiring a hard brake.
This ‘new normal’ of lockdown and working from home has given me a lot of time to think about the important things in life.