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January 17, 2003
I had a heart to heart about the whole affirmative action brouhaha today. Sincerity abounded and, I believe, honesty. I told them about the time I was offered the "nigger prize." My SAT scores hadn't quite made the cut for National Merit Finalist but they offered me a scholarship set aside for Black students. "I don't want the ‘nigger prize'," I told my mother. "If I were white I wouldn't get offered anything." "I admire your integrity but if you're going to college, you'll take that money," was her reply. "We're not well healed enough to be quite so proud."