Georgetown addresses past ties to slavery; Georgetown slave “descendants” call for $1B foundation
[“Give ’em an inch, and they’ll want a mile”]
Catholic World News
September 02, 2016
The nation’s oldest Catholic university has issued a report addressing its historic ties to slavery, including profits from the 1838 sale of 272 slaves.
John DeGioia, president of Georgetown University, pledged to hold a Mass of reconciliation, establish an Institute for the Study of Slavery and Its Legacies at Georgetown, rename two buildings, and offer preferential admissions treatment to the slaves’ descendants.
September 09, 2016
A week after Georgetown University issued a report seeking to address its historic ties to slavery, including profits from the 1838 sale of 272 slaves, the slaves’ descendants called for the establishment of a $1-billion foundation.
The proposed foundation “would be of the highest caliber, a national leader in the issue of truth and reconciliation,” The Washington Post reported.
“The foundation can only be a reality if we can establish a partnership with Georgetown University,” said a spokesman for the descendants. “We want to work with them on a greater vision that’s not dependent on the day-to-day educational mission of Georgetown, a separate foundation that we all have a role in.”