The Conservative Club snowed remarkably poor judgement in holding a private luncheon with the South Africa Consul General on Thursday, May 2. Given the sensitivity of this issue, the Conservative Club's action appears blatantly provocative and could be easily interpreted as tacit approval of apartheid. This is not to say that the views of the South African government should not be heard, only that it would be far more appropriate if this were done in a public forum.
As editors of the Salient, we see the need to raise the level of debate on the issue of South Africa and divestiture beyond baseless accusations of racism, such as those recently directed at President Bok. Private luncheons with representatives of the South African government are certainly not the way to do this. Tom Firestone '86, Editor-in-Chief Lars Waldorf '85, Former Editor