Claudrena N. Harold

A Timeline of Racism in Charlottesville: From 1607 Through 2017’s 'Unite the Right' Rally

Universities are complex networks of buildings and organizations that pro­vide education and jobs and health care and cultural enrichment. They take form in classrooms, dorms, dining halls, and hospitals. They field sports teams and community volunteers. They possess histories that include shameful compromises with the inequalities and oppression of their times. And they nurture opposition to those moral and ethical errors. Most funda­mentally, universities are students, professors, staff, and alumni who think together about what is needed—from food and computers and trust to books and ideas and evidence—for us to continue in this essential act of collective thought.

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