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Letters to the Editor

Kudos Free Press on City Hall coverage

Re “Council committee blocks entry of medical transport company into Richmond market” and “Coliseum’s success raises new questions about need to replace it,” Free Press Nov. 29-Dec. 1 edition:

Churches, payday loans and the Bible

I think it is a positive concept that a church is dispensing micro loans to community members. It is obvious that payday lenders target the minority community, and black people in particular. Most of the customers I have seen are ...

Prejudice also strikes ‘scruffy-looking’ white people

You do not have to be African-American to receive prejudicial treatment from Virginia Commonwealth University Police. You can be a scruffy-looking white person and receive roughly comparable treatment.

Why I don’t go to church

I don’t go to church because I find it irrelevant. When I went to church, even good ones with a message and an active congregation, I found serious issues were omitted.

Kudos to Evergreen volunteer

Every once in a while, you come across a person who is willing to put the community ahead of all things. They do this day in and day out. George Nixon is such a person. He has volunteered to help ...

‘We allowed (Chief Durham) to slip away because we didn’t support him’

Re “ ‘I’m done:’ Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham announces his last day on the force will be Dec. 31,’ ” Free Press Nov. 15-17 edition:

We need to challenge and confront racism

Why can’t we simply be humble and bold enough to engage in truth? Fear, poverty and capitalism are used to harness control and build divisions among people, but offer no truth.

‘Insist on unimpeachable truth’

If you truly desire to save our city and our children, you must demand that all people be held to the standard of unimpeachable truth. Years ago on the schoolyard of what is now Obama Elementary School, I remember that ...

Legacy Vendors in danger of being shut out at 17th Street Farmers’ Market

The 17th Street Farmers’ Market Legacy Vendors — Luceal Allen, Rosa Fleming and Tim Christian — desperately need your help. They have been cut out of the renovated market in Shockoe Bottom, despite promises otherwise.

Marcus-David Peters and stereotypes

Marcus-David Peters’ death surely could have been avoided. Many white people have had naked, out-of-control encounters with the police since his execution and they were all taken in alive.

Va. NAACP and latest redistricting efforts

Many of us know the history of Brown v. Board of Education. Because the actions we take today become the history of tomorrow, we want you to be familiar with Bethune-Hill v. Virginia Board of Elections. As a point of ...

Vote on Nov. 6

Last night, I finished reading “The Blood of Emmett Till” by Timothy B. Tyson. The 14-year-old was killed in 1955 because of who he was and where he was. On Saturday, it happened again in a Pittsburgh synagogue. Eleven Jewish ...

Kudos to Free Press, community volunteers

I would like to thank the Richmond Free Press profusely for its photos and story recognizing the actions of two generous individuals in our community who helped remedy a dangerous situation at George Washington Carver Elementary School.

Republican Party ‘has embraced racist policies’

In his letter to the Free Press, James Quash, former Portsmouth GOP chairman, labels the Democratic Party as racist with his erroneous arguments while trolling for votes for Republicans.

‘Traitors to logic’

While some may intentionally disregard logic in making claims that the Civil War was not precipitated on the desire to maintain enslavement and subjugation of people of color, whom were referred to as the inferior race, the truth is there ...

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