GENEROUS OLD LADY, OR REVERSE RACIST?

There was a wonderful story in the newspapers this month about an 87-year-old black woman in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, named Oseola McCarty. Working all her life as a laundress, never marrying, living very plainly, McCarty managed to save an astounding $150,000. Facing life's end, she has decided to give the money to a scholarship fund for black students to attend the University of Southern Mississippi. Inspired by her example, Hattiesburg business leaders have pitched in an additional $150,000. The first beneficiary of McCarty's largess has "adopted" her, and vows to help the heroine through her frail and lonely old age.

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