Last night, the organization Black Action Now organized an event for their ‘They Can’t Kill Us All’ movement emphasizing the importance of protecting the lives of all black-Americans.
Monument Avenue is beautiful in every season, perpetually the pride of Richmond. It is, however, a pride in need of examination, one unfulfilled and one that does not justly or appropriately honor our past.
The first time, I wasn’t sure I read the shirt right. Maybe it was a Jefferson Starship reference, and it could be just that. But context matters and seeing two white students wearing VCU shirts with the words “We built this city” is frustrating, to say the least.
Ignorance may be accidental, but racism is not.