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Letters to the Editor

National Slave Memorial may help ‘contextualize’ Confederate statues

The push to dismantle Confederate statues became a simmering crucible in the Virginia gubernatorial race. This is no surprise as the state had an outsized role in the Civil War and the subsequent century-long American apartheid from 1865 to the ...

Say nothing if you don’t vote

The election for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and other positions is Tuesday, Nov. 7. Our community — the African-American community — must vote in Obama-type and Wilder-type election numbers. We must show up and show out.

Write-in candidate for sheriff

Our antiquated judicial system, with its concept of “lock ’em up and throw away the key,” has improved greatly in some parts of our nation. Richmond can be credited with innovative and enhanced programs benefiting inmates confined in detention.

Get to root cause of school problems

Re “Criminal probe in lewd, racist Henrico middle school video,” Free Press Oct. 26-28 edition: There is a scripture within the 13th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew that talks about where good crops are sown, weeds are sown among ...

Council President Hilbert may be ‘confused’ about St. Luke project

Re “Hilbert critical of city’s handling of St. Luke project in Gilpin Court,” Free Press Oct. 26-28 edition:

ISIS like Lee, destroyers of America

The next time an ISIS follower comes to America to destroy America we should put up a statue to honor him on Monument Avenue. He would be in good company. If we don’t like destroyers of America why do we ...

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 ...