Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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This article defines the "literary quality" mentioned in student handbooks given to freshman (called "Rats" by the author). Gibson claims that literary realism is sometimes "vulgar" and "obscene" just to be shocking, which makes it "pornographic…

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…

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,…

This untitled black and white photograph featured in the Fall 1994 issue of the Messenger depicts three unnamed black boys. No location is given. This piece was paired with the short story "The Tobacco Road," which is about a white woman being…

This sketch (a brief, abstract descriptive poem) begins with the "fear of a black" that is then related to the prevention of typhoid, which "results in the American Army." The three words of "Negro / Mister / Coffee" follow the words "They mystify."…

In early 1971, student activism against the Vietnam War was beginning to slow down not only at Richmond, but at many universities around the country as well. Richmond College senior and student activist Jim Winders claimed this was because the…

In 1991, the University of Richmond began an “experiment” to observe whether replacing “the required Western Civilization course with a more multicultural course” (titled “Interdisciplinary Core Course: Exploring Human Experience”) would…

This 1991 article by Collegian editor Kevin Kendall recounts the experiences of four LGB students (whose names were changed in the article “due to the sensitive nature of this story”) at the University of Richmond coming out to their parents. 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…

This anti-integration quote from student Olen Lewis claims that, while accepting black and white Americans as "brothers" that "love each other," they should desire to be separate in some instances. This was published four years before the Messenger…
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