The Drive to Divest
I enjoyed your cover story on college divestment enormously
(NATIONAL AFFAIRS). It is encouraging to see college campuses
once again participating in the fight for justice and truth. I am
also pleased to report that, following two weeks of active dem-
onstrations and sit-ins, the trustees of the University of Wyo-
ming voted to divest themselves fully of all holdings in compa-
nies operating in South Africa.
University of Wyoming
Before all college students start screaming "Divest," they
should look into their parents' and their own portfolios to make
sure that apartheid isn't sending them to school. I believe
everyone should divest. Apartheid is a disgusting and cruel
ideology. But, as with charity, divestiture begins at home.
University of Montana
If, as you report, "divestiture could cost the University of
Texas up to $32.1 million each year," it is obvious that the chief
victim of divestiture is the university itself. As a student at a
school where every dollar is needed, I can't understand why - -
students at UT want to lose a large amount in scholarships,
endowments and grants and bring on cutbacks as a bad solution
to an awful problem. I sympathize greatly with the victims of
apartheid, but adding student suffering to theirs is not helping. -h a
University of Texas
The commonly held assumption that divestment equals job
loss is too simplistic an equation. Black workers will of course be
severely hurt by divestment. But the generalized disruption of
the South African economy will hasten fundamental change. It
is for this reason that black workers, already oppressed and
exploited by apartheid, are prepared to pay the marginal extra
cost in suffering that divestment might involve-short-term When tgrew your teens, you grew
pain for long-term gain. For their own economic future in thei wyrteyoge
region, these companies had better take sides and listen to the nto new pro m.
oppressed people of South Africa. You get blemishes, but your adult skin is more
I. PILLAY prone to irritating dryness. So getting rid of a
Alabama A&M University blemish can be more irritating than getting one.
Normal, Ala. But there's a blemish medicine made for
adult skin: Clearasil® Adult CareTM Its
It is simply not possible to cover the divestment issue and helps clear up blemishes quickly. Without
"miss" the fact that Winnie Mandela, Bishop Tutu and count- overdrying your skin.
less other black South African leaders have called for economic Whether you prefer the cream, which
sanctions against South Africa. Divestment by institutions of blends invisibly, or the tinted stick, which helps
higher learning delivers a message to the United States govern-
ment that constructive engagement and the Sullivan Princi- hide blemishes while it heals, no one will know
ples must be shelved in favor of the economic sanctions that you're using Adult Care. Try Clearasil Adult
black South Africans want. Care, and you'll look and feel better.
TOM BROWNSWORD That's the unblemished truth.
Letters to the Editor, with the writer's name and address and Clearasil Adult Care.
daytime telephone number, should be sent to: Letters Editor,Tra blm h s ih
Newsweek On Campus, 444 Madison Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10022.
Letters may be edited for reasons of space and clarity. Treats adult skin with care.