Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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This photo from The Web 1984 shows the members of Kappa Alpha posing in front of the Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia. Kappa Alpha considers Robert E. Lee the "spiritual founder" of the fraternity, and references to him…

The center photograph from the "Underclass" section of the yearbook features the brothers of Phi Beta Sigma, the first historically black fraternity on the University of Richmond campus, in 1983. The members of the fraternity are unnamed.

Pi Kappa Alpha's description in The Web 1983 features the phrase "once you go Black you never go back" that promotes stereotypes about interracial relationships.

This page in The Web 1983 features the first black fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma, at the University of Richmond. According to the Collegian article "Phi Beta Sigma Colonizes New Fraternity at Richmond," the creed of the fraternity is "we give another…

This page covering Homecoming in The Web 1983 features a photo of the band Voltage Brothers in the bottom left. The photo's caption states, "the funk sound of the Voltage Brothers rocks the night away at the John Marshall."

This spread in The Web 1983 highlights Circle K and other Greek organizations such as Sigma Phi Epsilon and Phi Delta Theta that helped sponsor the Annual Superkids Day to raise money for the Virginia Lung Association. This event gave asthmatic…

This photo collage and description in The Web 1982 documents the annual tradition of the "panty raid" during which "Richmond College men invaded the Westhampton dormitories," and the Westhampton women would throw panties to the men from the dorm…

This photo collage of Homecoming 1981 features a Mexican theme. The photo in the top right shows a man wearing Mexican pointy boots (also known as Tribal boots), and the photo in the bottom right features a Mexican flag being held next to American…

This section of The Web 1982 highlights different types of students at the University of Richmond. In the section "Feminists," the description states that the feminist "knows who the weaker of the sexes really is, but she is fair enough to fight for…

The top right photograph from the "Shoot Yourself" section of the 1981 yearbook depicts a brother of the historically black fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma, sitting on top of a car wearing one of their sweatshirts. The fraternity, however, was not…
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