Georgetown To Treat Descendants Of Slaves It Owned As Legacy Students, Giving Them An Edge In Admissions Process

September 2, 2016  |  

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Slavery is widely regarded as America’s ugliest era and the remnants of slavery still affect the entire country, even more than 150 years after its termination. That’s why Georgetown University is now trying its best to reconcile slavery by offering an admissions advantage to those affected by its direct involvement in the brutal system.

The university’s relationship with slavery goes back to 1838, a time when the school carried major debt. “In order to satisfy their financial needs and keep the schools doors open, they sold 272 slaves to plantations in Louisiana. The lives of the men, women and children sold equated to $3.3 million dollars, enough to save the school. Jesuit Priests aided in the sale of these slaves and more on behalf of the University,” reported Blavity.

So now in “an effort to help counter that history,” Georgetown announced it is offering “an advantage in the admissions process” to the descendants of slaves that were owned by the University. Descendants will be treated like legacy students, and this gives them preferential treatment during the admissions process.

Georgetown President John J. DeGioia wrote in a letter  that a working group is organizing how this process will take place. The group is also suggesting naming halls after former slaves, developing a public memorial, and offering an official apology for its part in slavery. Still, said DeGioia, “there will never be an admissions edge, scholarship packet, or free room and board, that can help us come to terms with slavery.”

But it wouldn’t be a bad idea to develop one. What do you think about this gesture?

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