Student leader urges looking at
racism with critical lens, empathetic heart
By Anne Bromley
a sister almost 10 years older who went to U.Va., H. Timothy Lovelace
became familiar with the University as he grew up. This year,
hes a fourth-year student, Lawn resident and the student
representative on the Board
knowledge and involvement give him a unique perspective on the
events that have unfolded since a Student Council candidate, Daisy
Lundy, reported a racially motivated assault in the early morning
hours of Feb. 26. A friend of Lundy, Lovelace said he has not
given up on the University he has grown to know so well, despite
that and other recent racially charged incidents. Lovelace will
stay at U.Va. as a student in the School
of Law this fall.
he believes U.Va.s responses to recent events will improve
the diversity climate on the institutional level, he said changing
behavior is up to each person.
Inclusion and mutual respect are moral issues, Lovelace
has experienced the subtle or not-so-subtle moments where latent
racism surfaces, he said like finding himself the only
African American in a discussion and being looked to as a spokesman
for his race, like walking alone at night and seeing another lone
walker clutch her pocketbook as he approaches.
minorities may not be considered part of the mainstream culture
and society, being marginalized can cause them to question their
own identity. You think, How do I fit in if Im
not in the norm? A student of color always thinks of that.
It can lead you to feel powerless.
Lovelace has not succumbed to self-doubt, he said. He continues
to be involved in University life and said he is grateful for
the support he has received from the special friends he has made
here and the administrators he has worked with, including some
Board of Visitors members.
been challenged intellectually, emotionally and spiritually, and
it has helped me in trying to become a better person, he
he spoke before a crowd that filled Newcomb Hall Ballroom the
night of Feb. 26, he said, We are engaged in a meaningful
show of support for our sister, Daisy Lundy. But even deeper,
we have assembled because we understand that racial hatred and
injustice is a moral problem. We understand that hard hearts are
our enemy and that our love for humanity and dedication to justice
will transcend even the bounds of this great march. We will not
be apathetic any longer.