Excerpt from Brown Alumni Monthly, Vol. 81: May, 1981
Editor: I am a 1979 Black American grad uate of Brown who has, with disgust and pleasure, read of the current debate on cam pus having to do with increases in the cost of attending Brown and whether or not to maintain current levels of financial aid to allow everyone accepted to attend. I am dis gusted because I can hear, laced throughout the controversy, the undertones of privileged people who think it is their birthright to have access to the best of opportunities to succeed in this country. I am pleased because it gives me an excellent opening with which to get some things dealing with the financial and racial off my chest.
I have an imaginary book that I keep on the shelf of my apartment entitled, Those Crazy Enjoyable Years at Brown 1975-79. My guess is that one of the main reasons I've chosen this title is because my family could afford the cost of my attending (and I under stand Brown is cleverly trying to. Admit more and more Blacks like this). I didn't have to worry about making enough money over the summer to complete my financial package, getting a job that might interfere with my studies, or trying to find a way to repay loans once I graduated. Had 1 any of this to worry about, I'm sure my memoirs on Brown would have a slightly different heading. It is also for this reason that I feel those who have attended and are still attending Brown under similar circumstances have no right to pass judgment on the future of those who require financial help. Lam refering specifically to the comments of one David Gold in the February issue. You're forgetting, Dave ole boy, that you and l and anyone else so lucky didn't earn that luck, we were born into it.
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