Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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One of the courses taught by the History department in 1971 was titled "History of the Civil War and Reconstruction." According to the course description, the course would "focus on slavery and the sectional controversy, secession and the war, and…

One of the courses taught by the Sociology department in 1961 was titled "Race and Culture." Based on the description of the course, it was based on human relations of ethnic groups in Asia, Europe and the Americas. Unlike the years before, there was…

Page 17 of a program for the June 1964 University of Richmond Commencement Ceremony. This page includes students receiving Masters of Science in Business Administration, Masters of Science in Business Education, and Masters of Commerce Degrees. Of…

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.

A description of Halloween in The Web 1980 describes students dressed as "Ku Klux Klan members and oil-seeking Arabs." During the week before Halloween, students were also "lectured to on rape prevention." Several students are depicted in culturally…

This page from The Web 1980 features remarks from Dr. James Erb, a professor of music and director of the University Choir and Schola Cantorum, in the section "Looking Back: 150 Years at the University of Richmond." Dr. Erb states that University of…

In an article describing the university campus, the Web states, "Safely tucked away amid the stately brick houses and rolling lawns of the Country Club, our 350 acre campus creates a sanctuary from the evil world around us. We are insulated from the…

In story called "Sometimes Living Next to a Creep Wouldn't Seem So Bad" in the 1979 yearbook, an unnamed author writes describes commuting student life. The story is embedded with heteronormative gender roles, sexism, and elements of rape culture.…

In Phi Kappa Sigma's paragraph in the 1979 yearbook, they joke that is has been a hard year for the fraternity, because amongst other things, such as "the recent shortage of recreational drugs in the Richmond area" and the "the crash of the…

A multi-page story called "A Day in the Life" by an unnamed author in the 1979 yearbook depicts a version of daily life for students at UR. Written from a man's point of view, the story's language is embedded with misogyny and elements of rape…
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