As an anti-racist white woman who also wants to spot white racists, I do feel obligated to try to change them (and I totally agree that you are not). I've found that one of the most important but difficult steps in trying to educate a racist who doesn't admit it (perhaps even to themselves) is getting them to turn off right-wing media, including Fox. Otherwise, for every conversation I have with them, they're hearing dozens of counterarguments that are oh-so-masterful in cloaking their true intent.

In my four years at the University of Richmond, 1978–1982, I felt embraced, welcomed, and sheltered. I am saddened that others are being proactively deprived of this same experience.

The university has recently announced it will retain the names of two controversial, racist historical figures on campus buildings. Upon learning…

What would Patrick Henry say to coronavirus restrictions?

Patrick Henry says “Give me liberty and give you death” cartoon
From Brian Marsh at

I live in the city where Patrick Henry gave his fiery speech demanding freedom from the tyrannical King George III: “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?” he posited. “Forbid…

Ricky and Whitney Parker’s Black Is Beautiful billboard in Richmond, Virginia.
Ricky and Whitney Parker’s Black Is Beautiful billboard in Richmond, Virginia. (Courtesy Ricky Parker)

Before “Black Lives Matter” was “Black Is Beautiful,” a cultural movement of the 1960s and ’70s. This nostalgic phrase sent a critical message at the time. Today, it has some advantages over “Black Lives Matter” in supporting the push for racial equity.


Black Is Beautiful was joined at the hip…

I was born in Richmond, Virginia, the city that served as the Capital of the Confederacy from 1861 until 1865; where, today, the regal statues of Confederate war heroes Robert E. Lee, J.E.B. Stuart, Jefferson Davis, and Stonewall Jackson stand along the aptly named Monument Avenue. My family moved away…

My initial reaction to the pandemic-related cancellation of concerts big and small was disappointment. My second was a realization that many people rely on those events for their livelihood. Multiple tickets at multiple concerts — poof! Gone! …

What do monarch butterflies, English ivy, American chestnut trees and Richmond, Virginia’s James River Park have in common?

All demonstrate the harm caused by the loss of native habitat and the infiltration of non-native species (called “invasive” when they harm natural resources, economic activity and/or humans).

The population of monarch…

You’ve probably heard it by now - “OK boomer,” a two-word retort intended to cast aspersions on anyone over the age of 55 with whom the younger speaker disagrees.

My first impulse upon hearing it was concern for BOOMER magazine. However, our content reaches both sides of the official baby…

Annie Tobey

Award-winning writer, runner, craft beverage aficionado, traveler, nature lover and editor at, celebrating the active adult lifestyle.

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