Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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This poem from the Spring 1990 issue of the Messenger features an assumedly French female student who corrects a classmate's pronunciation of the word 'femme fatale.' Another classmate then reminds her that they aren't in France. The narrator then…

This poem by a white student tells of the race dynamics of a public bus. It contrasts young students from St. Catherine's with black riders as the bus enters a poorer section of the city. The narrator claims that she is the only one who acknowledges…

In this poem, the narrator claims that Jewish people always live in sukkot (plural form of sukkah), defined at the end of the piece as "a small tent built for a week of meals and prayer to celebrate the Jewish harvest holiday of Succoth." It…

This poem is narrated by someone who feels left behind by a charismatic politician. References are made to the politician's constituents as being "scraps of self" and asking too much by expecting the politician to make their burdens his or her own,…

This short story from the February 1941 Messenger details the passing of a black woman named Bess. Bess's dress is described as being scant and attention-grabbing, and an unnamed man urges her to marry someone who is "her own kind" and criticizes her…

For the 1978 issue of the Messenger, new editors Rick Stine and Mark Hebdon changed the publication from a literary magazine to a satirical magazine called the Messenger Lampoon. This choice was made, according to vice president of student affairs…

In this column by Lebanese student Abdullah Mina, the ways that foreign students are misunderstood and talked about by American students are explored. Mina begins the piece by claiming that being a foreign student "is a responsibility because the…

This column is a follow-up to an earlier piece in which Mina describes how American students misunderstand foreign students. In this one, he describes how foreign students often misunderstand how Americans interact with them, including assuming that…

In a letter to the editor, Messenger editor Abdullah Mina questions columnist Edie Graves's criticism of the literary magazine as both a "total loss" and "typical," calling Graves a "would-be intellect" and asserting her column was an aggressive…

The author of this piece reflects on being "more American" than she thought when seeing black men in the news, likely after the killing of an unarmed black man, while she's out of the country. She states that, even though America is her home, it…
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