Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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In this oral history interview, Beth Marschak (W'72) sat down with Jisu Song ('22) and Shira Greer ('22) on June 17, 2019 at University of Richmond Downtown. Over the course of the one hour interview, Marschak talks about growing up in the city of…

Criticism escalates around the issue of student growth and activism as the writer puts faculty and staff to shame. Grassroots movements are applauded but thought of as impossible at the University of Richmond due to administrative control and lack of…

The proceedings of the Multicultural Overnight Visitation Experience (MOVE) is narrated by the writer as they share their opinions on the significance of sharing individuals’ multicultural experiences. The writer shares that they are a white…

Despite being named No. 3 school in the nation for “best quality of life” in the Princeton Review, minority students at the University of Richmond disagree. Only 12% of the university’s undergraduates identify as African-American,…

Ishmail Conway, Director of the Luther P. Jackson Cultural Center at the University of Virginia, was a guest speaker at the University of Richmond during Black History Month. During his speech, he focused on the importance and significance behind…

Richmond College student, John Crooks, responds to Richmond College student Harvey Whitney’s Collegian submissions surrounding the topic of racism on campus. Crooks takes an infuriated tone as he condemns the language that is used by Whitney.…

The writer of this piece questions her black identity in the form of asking if she is allowed to say the "n word." While she feels unable to because of her middle/upper class upbringing, she relays anecdotes such as her sister straightening her hair…

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…

The author of this poem claims that she is "an Asian who wants to be white" and begins the poem with the choice, "I want to be more American." When asked what's stopping her, though, she responds, "That's not who I am." The root of her desire to be…

In this article, Whitney articulates the history of dialectic of racial conflicts. He described black people as the "antithesis" of the prevailing class. He uses philosophical arguments to map the history of the oppression of black people from the…
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