Phi Beta Cons

What Can Brown Do For You?

I’m a little puzzled by this (from NYT):

Extensively documenting Brown University’s 18th-century ties to slavery, a university committee called Wednesday for the institution to make amends by building a memorial, creating a center for the study of slavery and injustice and increasing efforts to recruit minority students, particularly from Africa and the West Indies.

Emphasis added. Say what you will about Brown’s other attempts to exorcise its guilt. Why should its commitment to making amends for slavery require special efforts to recruit students (“particularly”!) from other countries at the expense of giving scholarships to black Americans?

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.


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