Georgetown Announces Plans to Address Slave-Owning History
They’re finally trying to atone. Though many top schools owned slaves, Georgetown University’s Jesuits owned and sold people in huge numbers before the practice was abolished — and now they’ve announced preferential admissions treatment for those slaves’ descendants. Georgetown will also establish an institute studying slavery and a memorial to those whose sale financially benefited the school. While other elite universities may follow their lead, critics say Georgetown’s step will be useless unless they actively recruit and offer scholarships to students whose ancestors the school kept in bondage.