Message to the College Community
Dear 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.
Donald Guy Generals, Ed.D.
Enough is Enough: The State of Small Black-Owned Businesses
Here in Philadelphia, many of the black owned businesses are in healthcare, hospitality and retail, and the most impacted by the pandemic. Many of these businesses are going to go out of business, and those who survive will require more assistance both technical and capital than never. And while triaging the existing businesses from the scorching effect of the pandemic, we must not lose sight of what to do to help those who have been forced to close their businesses and thinking long term by laying the infrastructure to train and power the next generation of sustainable, scalable and reputable black businesses.
The event goal was to share resources available & to provide accessible tools to small business owners in the City of Philadelphia that will allow the opportunities to reimagine, rebuild, and expand within local communities. To discuss and develop a funding blueprint to address the underinvestment in black businesses in the city.
Colleges in the Philly area and elsewhere are pledging to address national unrest and criminal justice inequalities
CCP teach-in looks at where to go from here