Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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A play in one act written by Mary Lucile Saunders that takes place in a "Chinese town." The play follows the conversation of characters. Special attention should be paid to Saunders' description of each character, especially to Charlie and Ling.…

This collage of photographs of of Westhampton College students features a photograph on the bottom left which showcases a woman dressed in blackface. The woman is in costume and is standing next to another woman who is wearing what looks to be a…

This article announces a performance put on by Richmond College students to benefit The Collegian. The article notes that the first part of the performance is a blackface minstrel show performed by men in Richmond College. Minstrel shows were either…

The article discusses a minstrel show that was performed by members of the Y.W.C.A. organization. Minstrel shows were a popular form of entertainment for white audiences. Minstrel shows were either dances, comic skits, or musical shows performed by…

Introduction page for the 1917 “Senior Law” section features an illustration of a white man dressed in a nice suit carrying a book and an African-American man dressed in tattered overalls and a shirt. The white man has his hand extended out…

The short story "Oriental Justice" is about a wealthy American man, Carl Blackly, traveling to "mysterious India," being accused and charged with theft by a shop dealer for not paying for furniture items in his store. The rich American never…

This poem is titled with a racial slur to elaborate that it not only depicts slavery, but also speaks for black people generally. The poem is a description of enslaved blacks which calls them a "dead race." In discussing slavery, it contrasts their…

On page six, in the "Re-Hash" weekly joke column, there is a joke that uses verbal blackface. It reads, "Liza, I'se gwine to kiss yuh when Ah goes!" [Reply] "Black boy, leave dis hear house at onct!" This use of dialect was presented as a form of…

This short story describes a student who has contracted a fictional disease called "Cross-Word Puzzle-Itus," which causes her to become fascinated with words. The first paragraph contains stereotypes about Chinese people and culture. In the first…

This short story mocks African Americans through racist exaggerated vernacular and creating a character, named "A'nt Lucy" that is described as obese, lazy, dirty and "the blackest n*****." The plot of this story is that the there was a leaf found…
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