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Sweet Auburn and the Kings

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The neighborhood wasn’t alluring in a touristy sort of way.  Despite those including myself that flocked there in respect of one of the greatest Americans ever born, there were plenty of locals living a dream I would label a nightmare.

“Buy me a cheese sandwich, just one cheese sandwich,” she uttered.

I’m disappointed now that I didn’t hand her a couple dollars, instead choosing to stay part of our group and not get sidetracked by her request, or drawn into a conversation with a street vendor telling me why I should “support the neighborhood.”

The reality is he was right.  I was in Atlanta to watch Illinois Wesleyan University’s men’s soccer team play in a tournament at Emory University.  If you ever walk the campus of either university, you would understand that the word “privileged” isn’t a far stretch from the imagination.

I’m not suggesting the “silver spoon” variety.  I know many of the parents that send their children to these schools are reliant upon financial aid, student loans and work study.  I have been both a student and a parent reliant upon such assistance myself.

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