Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

Article "UR not always a positive experience for all minority students"

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Article "UR not always a positive experience for all minority students"

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In this Collegian article, student Doug Hanks sheds light on the Black student experience on campus from the perspective of Black students. At the time of this article’s publication, there were 88 Black undergraduates, only 3.5% of the student body. Students interviewed for this article share the same opinion that although the University offers academic opportunity, it inhibits Black students from having the same social life as white students. Racism on campus is implicit as opposed to explicit--as it is understood from stories told by Black students Kim Carey and Eric Freeman--that include subtle discrimination at parties, at the dining hall, and even at freshman orientation. Most students and administrators attribute the small amount of Black students and the cost of the University as reasons why Black students are dissuaded from attending the University. However, Black freshman Ed Simpson notes that the school lacks Black faculty, and that “The classes are dominated by whites”. Additionally, Eric Freeman mentions the columns written by staff editorialists Scott Shepard and Bill Norton that question the need for Black History Month and the NAACP as sources of further discomfort. However, the article concludes that the Black student experience on campus is not always negative, explaining that students such as Phyllis Hollimon recommend the University to any Black student thinking of applying. Her comfort, she admits, is not reflected in the experience of Black men, which she believes to be more negative.

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Hanks, Doug. "UR not always a positive experience for all minority students". The University of Richmond Collegian 78, no. 22, (March 26, 1992): 8. https://collegian.richmond.edu/?a=d&d=COL19920326.2.21&srpos=6&e=-------en-20--1-byDA-txt-txIN-

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The Collegian, University of Richmond

Date

1992-03-26

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English

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Collegian78.22.8-19920326.JPG

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Richmond (Va).

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Hanks, Doug, “Article "UR not always a positive experience for all minority students",” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed October 13, 2019, http://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/3024.