Enough Is Enough

Enough Is Enough

Message to the College Community

Dr. GeneralsDear faculty, staff and students:

I have spent the last few days like many of you, compelled to consume news I can hardly bear to read or watch. Once again, America’s original sin – racism – has reared its ugly head. The events unfolding in Minneapolis after the death of another Black man – George Floyd – is a reminder that our plea for social and racial equality continues to fall on deaf ears. Knowing that racism permeates our culture and civic life is hard enough to accept, but seeing it carried out and sanctioned by a justice system that purports to serve and protect makes us all hold our breath, waiting for the next tragic murder of a Black person for driving, jogging, sleeping or living a normal life. Yes, none of us can breathe until we are all allowed to breathe freely from the horrors of racism. Those of us with Black children and grandchildren are forced to live with this pain, and fear, as part of our daily lives.

I want to offer my sympathies, prayers and the compassion of our entire college community to George Floyd's family, and all of those who are mourning his murder. I also want to echo and amplify their fury. As we say Mr. Floyd's name, he joins Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Philando Castile, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray and far too many others on this appalling list of murder victims to racism.

It is important for every citizen to demand justice and for all of us to learn how we can hold our leaders to account. As we process our pain and repeat that Black lives matter, I want to invite all Philadelphians to a virtual teach-in and town hall sponsored by Community College of Philadelphia in the coming days. More details will be announced shortly. Until then, go in peace, be safe, be well and be strong.

Sincerely,

Donald Guy Generals, Ed.D.
President

 

I Stand in Solidarity
 
 
 

 

Enough Is Enough Teach-in Series

Privilege vs. Injustice in 2020: Allyship 101

How to Be an Ally to the Black Community

August 13, 2020 | 11 a.m.

Join Us on Zoom
Or dial-in >>> 646-558-8656 | Webinar ID: 920 0946 5386

Enough is Enough. Join us in our mission to eradicate ideologies that perpetuate systemic racism as we examine new ideas and solutions to address inequalities. This session will focus on allies among Black and Brown communities. Allyship requires education, relationship building based on trust, consistency and accountability.

Are you an ally in your workplace, community or home? Do you curb racist jokes? Do you tolerate intolerance? Are you proactive about inclusion in your daily life? Sometimes we are silent or fail to act because we are uncertain of how to respond in a way that isn’t inappropriate or offensive. However, the willingness to acknowledge and effectively engage with one another is essential to allyship.

Hear firsthand from those who have committed to being allies, as well as those who support and educate others on impactful allyship. Education and training can and must be part of the solution for change, and we as individuals must band together and commit to act.

Community College of Philadelphia stands together in solidarity and we stand together with you.

Host:
Dr. Donald Guy Generals, President
Community College of Philadelphia

Moderator:
Leila E. Lawrence
Diversity Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator
Community College of Philadelphia

Panelists:

Faye Allard, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Sociology Department
Community College of Philadelphia

Derrick Perkins
Director, Center for Male Engagement
Community College of Philadelphia

Debonair Oates-Primus, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, English Department
Co-Coordinator, Black Studies
Community College of Philadelphia

 

Victoria L. Zellers, Esq.
General Counsel
Community College of Philadelphia

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