I visited Richmond, VA last year and it felt very much like Charleston, SC, Savannah, GA, Macon, GA, Mobile, AL, and other parts of the South where the Confederacy never died and segregation is oftem masked by collegiate sports and university emblems.

It was amazing looking at all the Confederate and Civil War monuments giving reverence to the institution of Black enslavement. I went to the Black side of town and had lunch, visited the White side to see all the museums, and I could feel the old South in the air. Being from the South, I knew what I was actually experiencing. Too many people walk around blindly not acknowledging how much space White people take up, especially on college campuses. If they (Whites) have an entire country they control, is it too much to ask to have a building dedicated to Black and Brown skin as a safe space and ode to our culture? And why is it White young people don’t know and respect this?

Of course it is, because Whiteness wants everything. It’s wants to control everything and everyone. Whiteness doesn’t care about any other culture and because it’s had its way for so long, it doesn’t care about our need or desire to escape all things White.

Yeah, I’m sure the UVA campus is a reflection of the old and new racist America, and those protesting are likely a combo of liberal and conservative offspring. Some recognize they are racists and relish it, those others don’t.

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