Georgetown to Give Slave Descendents Priority for Admission
Georgetown University in Washington D.C.
Georgetown University is giving preference to admissions to the descendants of slaves owned by the Maryland Jesuits as part of its effort to atone from the sale of enslaved people, according to University President John DeGioia. DeGioia released the recommendations of the school committee that was created last year to study the school's ties to slavery and to create a public memorial honoring slaves whom Georgetown benefited. In 1838 two priests who served as president of the university orchestrated the sale of 272 men, women, and children for $115,000 or $3.3 million dollars to pay off debts at the school.
If a public university wants to use their own money as a means to give discounts to descendants of slaves for admission at the university, that's their business and their right. I don't believe federal money ought to be used for reparations for slavery. But universities have the right to do what they desire concerning giving tuition discounts to descendants of slaves or whomever. But that's a far cry from these civil rights groups demanding that white American people pay reparations for slavery. That's a different matter altogether.