Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

Article "Class cabinet forced to stop selling 'offensive' shirts"

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Article "Class cabinet forced to stop selling 'offensive' shirts"

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This article highlights an incident in which the Richmond College Junior Class Cabinet was made to stop selling t-shirts featuring the Confederate spider mascot. Director of Administrative Services Louie Love said that the spider dressed in Confederate uniform was "directly in conflict with what we're trying to address with Common Ground." Love had served on the Common Ground Action Committee, which had attempted to make all university publications more inclusive. The shirt was one of four sold in the Commons--it said "Spider Pride" on the front and had the Confederate spider on the back, which the articles describes as "General Spidey....a spider dressed in a Civil War-era general's jacket with 'U of R' on the jacket." The Collegiate Licensing Department had approved the shirt. Max Sirkin, president of the class cabinet, stated that the design was chosen because the cabinet wanted "something more fearsome than the 'beanie baby' that is the current logo." Junior senator Andrew Spiegel had found the design in a yearbook at the Virginia Baptist Historical Society. The cabinet planned to remove "U of R" and "Spider" from the shirt and continue to sell it.

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Finley, Andrew. "Class cabinet forced to stop selling 'offensive' shirts." The University of Richmond Collegian [93], no. [35] (November 9, 2006): 5. https://collegian.richmond.edu/?a=d&d=COL20061109.2.14&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-------

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The Collegian, University of Richmond

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2006-11-09

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English

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Richmond (Va.)

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Finley, Andrew, “Article "Class cabinet forced to stop selling 'offensive' shirts",” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed November 21, 2019, https://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/2899.