Richmond Spiders guard reflects on trip to South Africa


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — As much as we like to think we’ve wiped away the stain of racism and bigotry, it still is very much a part of our world.

Richmond Spiders Guard Nick Sherod spoke to this first hand with 8News after a school trip to South Africa.

“Issues throughout different countries are so deep you can’t just stay on the surface level,” Sherod told 8News. 

“I think the class I am taking now and that some of the research that I did after this trip you just learn that even here there is so much more that goes into it that it is an institutional problem and it’s not just how people treat each other but it’s how governments work.” 

Sherod’s American Studies professor, Laura Browder, spoke with 8News about the trip’s impact on the junior guard. 

“So, Nick and I have been watching documentary films we have been reading going back to the early 20th century of South Africans who were really struggling to change this terribly oppressive society that they lived in,” Browder said. “To be able to encounter all of that together and discuss all of that together was I think a wonderful teaching and learning opportunity for everyone on the trip.”

Sherod told 8News the trip shed light on his world. 

“It kind of changes perspective because over there it is kind of normalized but here when stuff like that happens the world kind of stops,” Sherod said, “but when you go over there things like that happen every day.”

“So, I am just fortunate that we are in a society where that stuff isn’t necessarily normalized and hopefully we can keep it that way.”

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