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This SWAMee supports efforts to end discrimination

Yeah, this sort of commentary has occasionally been funny in the past, but it's old humor now ["Oppressed SWAMees deserve same treatment as minorities," March 8].

If Timothy G. Wilson '93 is really upset about how minorities sometimes receive extra benefits like financial aid or a special place on campus to take a shower, he's being absurd.

How often does a "Straight White American Male" hear a sexist remark aimed at him? How likely is it that an equally deserving black employee would be promoted over a white male employee?

In spite of improvement over the years, bias and discrimination are still facts of life for women and minorities in this country. On the other hand, there are practically no obstacles in life based on race, gender or sexual orientation for the ordinary SWAMee.

As a SWAMee myself, I realize that life is less unfair for me than for others. I don't mind paying slightly more tuition so that women can find a quiet place to relax on campus or so that a gay student can enjoy the benefit of a support group.

Jim Rees G->