Letters to the Editor

Confederate statues belong in museums

As shown in Charlottesville, the monument controversy can have some dangerous results. Here in Richmond, the police and other law enforcement had time to prepare for the rally. There were no deaths and only a few arrests. I guess each ...

Take down all the statues

Regarding the brouhaha over the Confederate statues here and elsewhere, I have come up with a solution that should please both sides.

ESPN anchor vs. Trump

Perhaps it was not the proper forum for ESPN anchor Jemele Hill to air her opinion about President Trump. But the president himself has made a plethora of denouncements of people both here and abroad. Those include character assassinations of ...

Creating a peaceful Richmond

As a Hijabi Muslim and new resident of Richmond, I quickly learned that the city is quite welcoming. It was during a visit to the grocery store that I really felt welcomed, and then again when I went to Short ...

Don’t believe Trump

African-Americans and other fair-minded Americans should not believe President 45’s hype disavowing white supremacy. His lies and con game are getting more people to say, “45 is not my president.” He only represents the white supremacists and the Ku Klux ...

Unsportsmanlike conduct witnessed at VUU-Winston-Salem State game

While watching the first Willard Bailey Classic last Saturday night at Hovey Field between Virginia Union University and Winston-Salem State University, a number of us witnessed unsportsmanlike conduct by several Rams players and blatant bias by the referees, with favoritism ...

Support for Virginia Grocery Investment Fund

Re “First Lady kicks off initiative to attract grocers to Va.’s food deserts,” Free Press Aug. 31-Sept. 2 edition: As a lifelong resident of North Side, I was elated to attend the “Closer to My Grocer” roundtable where the Virginia ...

Armstrong High needs volunteers

The wrecking balls have come to 1611 N. 31st St. in the East End, the site of Armstrong High School since 1952. For me, Armstrong High School holds so many pleasant memories. This is where I taught 12 Government and

‘Removing Confederate monuments is a step out of … complacency and acceptance’

Full text of letter submitted on behalf of the board and staff of the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia: A year ago, the renovation of the old Leigh Street Armory was completed and the Black History Museum ...

Add statue honoring U.S. Colored Troops

Keep the Confederates on Monument Avenue to teach about the Lost Cause era, but add a monument to the United States Colored Troops for their valor during the Civil War.

Use revenue from statues to ‘ease some of the disparity in this city’

As the son of a Black Panther, I may be the most pro-black person you’ll meet. That being said, the statues on Monument Avenue should remain in place.

‘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 ...