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‘We never assumed a back seat’

African-American people did not lose the Civil War. And, as opposed to man’s historical traditions, we did not rob or pillage or rape. The fact of the matter is that rather than throw this in their faces, we took to ...

‘This is the moment’ to address domestic terrorism in state law

The groups and individuals who unabashedly proclaim themselves to be aligned with white supremacy in all of its organizational iterations for the promotion of violence and intimidation are indeed domestic terrorists.

Confederate statue has no place in Surry County

I write as one of many concerned citizens who believe it is time for the Confederate monuments to come down, particularly the one outside the Surry County Courthouse.

Charlottesville a wake-up call

The incidents in Charlottesville have served as even more of a wake-up call than Donald Trump in the White House. Racism is alive and running rampant in the United States. Even worse, it’s not being condemned by the highest leadership ...

‘Racism and hatred are not good for business’

In 2015, CNN reported that 49 percent of Americans thought that racism was a big problem in the United States. Not surprisingly, people of color and white people had significantly differing views regarding the subject. Sixty-six percent of black people ...

Healing or hate?

Since 1994, I have been leading Slave Trail Walks (the Trail of Enslaved Africans) in Richmond. I have led those walks with groups from around the world and have witnessed the impact the experience has had on many of them.

Dispelling the darkness

The darkness of the tragic events in Charlottesville — and President Trump’s continued blessing of the racist, anti-Semitic, neo-Nazi, white supremacist elements seeking to tear apart this nation — have cast a pall over our state and country. We have ...

‘Our ancestors were robbed’

Re Letter to the Editor, “ ‘How would you feel if we demand all of your statues … and heritage be removed,’ ” Free Press July 27-29 edition:

Trump and violence in Charlottesville

Having lived in Alabama, I can recall how former Gov. George Wallace used racist language to incite his white supremacist followers to violence.

‘We could only hope to live up to the words on the Reconciliation Statue’

In the bright sunlight, Richmond’s Reconciliation Statue, unveiled a decade ago by then-Gov. Tim Kaine and seen as an apology for this country’s role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade, cast an appropriate shadow upon our sorrow. Hundreds of us gathered ...

Racist groups must be viewed as direct threat to national security

We are concerned about the white supremacist-organized domestic terrorist threat facing the United States. And we say to members of Congress, enough is enough. It is time to do something about it. These organized domestic terrorists and their leaders operate ...

Let’s make them pay

America witnessed during the weekend dozens of armed, military-garbed men and women in Charlottesville wearing helmets and wielding shields, openly brandishing semi-automatic firearms in the face of students and clergy opposed to their racist and fascist messages.

‘The chickens came home to roost’

I consider myself a daughter of the Commonwealth as I was born in Richmond, just miles away from Charlottesville. As the former capital of the Confederacy, Richmond has been home to some of the most divisive periods in history and ...

It’s time

It’s time for Johnny Reb, skinheads, the hooded Klan and closet racists at the office and who live next door to wake up and understand that it’s not 1865 any more. The Civil War is over. The South lost.

How can we trust President Trump?

How can we trust President Trump?