Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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This is an advertisement in the Messenger published in 1925 for a record store called "The Perfect Record Store". This ad features a drawing of a black man in a suit and sideways hat, sitting on a stump. The advertisement also appeared in the the…

This illustration of the Philogian Society and Messenger staff of 1960 features a caricature of Lebanese student Abdullah Mina in the upper left corner. Mina is wearing stereotypical Middle Eastern clothing and his nose is exaggerated.

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…

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 1923 article reports that the recent Westhampton junior/freshman class wedding was carried out "according to Chinese custom." The presidents of both classes were the participants in the ceremony. The ceremony, which included carrying the bride…

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…

This poem by a white student describes two "bums," one black and one white, who ultimately realize that, despite their differences and the oppressive attitudes of the white person towards the black person, each is the only friend that the other has.

This article details the rise in application numbers. The writer relates this to the increasing number of minority students applying, which Dean of Admissions Thomas Pollard, Jr., claims will increase after a new recruitment film is released. This…
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