The late American tennis player Arthur Ashe died of AIDS, contracted
from a contaminated blood transfusion. He stated in his autobiography
that the greatest trial of his life was not that he was dying because
of someone’s incompetence, but rather that he had been born black in
This may seem an odd thing to point out in Baker County, Oregon, except
for the conversation on tolerance currently under way. You young folks
who are directly involved sure know how to stir things up. I’m proud of
you for demonstrating such courage and character.