“I Am Black” | A poem by CCC’s Biology Instructor Tory Blackwell

Clackamas Community College Instructor Tory Blackwell wrote this poem "I Am Black" to express his feelings around our current events.

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee at CCC has worked hard to create a DEI strategic plan for the institution. However, the development of this plan will not change CCC on its own. Each and every one of us must take a stand against systemic racism and oppression, educate ourselves, and take direct action.

Our Black colleagues, students, and community members are hurting, and we cannot continue to expect them to do the work of “fixing” racism. We must disrupt systems of oppression, and we must do this work now.

www.clackamas.edu/DEI

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