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 of the decision, my prevailing feeling was not merely sadness but anger and disbelief. I cannot agree with the university administration’s decision to keep the names, nor do I agree with the reasoning.

The new sign at University of Richmond was quickly defaced, removing the reference to White supremacist Douglas Southall Freeman. Image by Ben Wasserstein of ‘The Collegian’

Freeman Hall, an 86-person dorm, has been renamed Mitchell-Freeman Hall, joining a former slave who became an…

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 it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

Richmond, Virginia, is a bastion of revolutionary spirit. St. …

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 with the Civil Rights movement. It sprang from the African Jazz-Art Society & Studios, founded in 1956 by Elombe Brath, his brother, photographer Kwame Brathwaite, and others, with the aim to reclaim jazz as a music of contemporary African traditions that should be controlled by black artists. Brath, along with…

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 when I was 7, but my parents spoke fondly of Richmond and vowed to return. I beat them to it, returning for college in 1978.

Both of my parents were born and raised below the Mason-Dixon Line — my father in Roanoke, Va., my mother in Ashland, Ky. …

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! Musicians are among those hit hard by the financial fallout from COVID-19, so the question for music fans (and caring souls) becomes, “How can I help?”

Sure, there’s no need to sympathize with Madonna as she waxes eloquent in her rose-petal-filled bathtub, claiming that this pandemic is “the great equalizer.” …

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 butterflies — amazing insects that migrate more than 2,000 miles — has declined precipitously, in part because their caterpillars eat only milkweed, which is disappearing. English ivy chokes out surrounding ground plants and covers and kills trees. …

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 boomer age boundaries, and we have a diverse readership, beyond the alleged attributes.


An early use of the phrase went viral on TikTok, a short-form video social media app. The split-screen video shows a boomer-age guy on a tirade, accusing millennials and Generation Z’s of having a “Peter Pan syndrome…

Annie Tobey

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

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