Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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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…

This short story takes place in Guatemala and explains the folktale of esperanza, or hope. A boy named Miguelito first discovers an esperanza bug, then accidentally kills it while fighting his older brother. However, nobody seems to care as much as…

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…

This poem, narrated by "the slave's dream and hope," attacks the idea of "good hair" as a superior, more acceptable alternative to natural black hair. It asserts that good hair should have been left on the plantations, and compares it to the song…

2001 marked the first year that the Messenger was an entirely student-run publication, as it was the first year students designed the magazine rather than outsourcing the task to a Washington, D.C., designer. Using the design program Quark Xpress,…

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…

This short story written in the 1911 yearbook titled, "Uncle Remus on Coeds" and goes into detail about the elaborate parties that coeds throw, through the narrative of Uncle Remus. The story uses "negro" dialect and misspellings of words in order to…

This short story written in the 1910 yearbook is titled "Mammy Rose" and centers around a young man Marse Roberts who has lost hope at being successful. However an older "colored" woman comes upon him, and they reconnect as she took care of him when…

This cartoon shows a white ventriloquist agreeing to his sentiment of, "We were all mighty happy until we were interfered with... Weren't we?" with a blackface-wearing ventriloquist's dummy. This refers to forced integration that occurred in public…
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