Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

Essay "A Failure to Become Involved"

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Title

Essay "A Failure to Become Involved"

Description

This essay was written by University of Richmond student, Richard Cook, who chastises the university for its continuation of its segregation policy. Cook's main argument is that while the university prides itself on being an advanced forward-looking liberal institution, it continues to hold on to its discriminatory policies, a problem Cook admits many Baptist universities faced. Cook also argues that the university's role should be not only to stick to traditional views and norms, but to take active steps in order to push society forward, as to avoid doing so would represent the institution's comfortable place within the past, resulting in the loss of its academic integrity. The article concludes with the statement that for the university to continue to practice segregation would be to fail the students and graduates of the school. Such actions would teach students that it is okay for them to live morally uneducated lives by encouraging close-mindedness and bigotry.

Creator

Source

Cook, Richard. "A Failure to Become Involved." <em>The Messenger</em> (Summer 1964): 39-40. University Archives, RG 24 Student Publications. Virginia Baptist Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia.

Publisher

The Messenger, University of Richmond

Date

1964

Contributor

Keshara Moore
Gabby Kiser

Language

English

Type

Identifier

Messenger1964.39-1964

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Citation

Cook, Richard, “Essay "A Failure to Become Involved",” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed November 12, 2019, https://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/407.