REPARATIONS UPDATE

FYI, A few weeks ago I posted an article concerning the growing idea of reparations and it’s the effect on society. The idea is more than a discussion! Below are excerpts from an article concerning reparations.

The Atlantic; The First Reparations Attempt at an American College Comes From Its Students 4/19/19.  Read the entire article at:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/the-first-reparations-attempt-at-an-american-college-comes-from-its-students/ar-BBW4Ek8

“When sordid revelations surfaced in recent years of how the sale of hundreds of enslaved laborers in 1838 saved Georgetown University from the cliff of financial ruin, the college quickly cobbled together a multipronged response. It held a ceremony to deliver an official apology. It summoned a working group to study how to make penance for the wrongdoing. It began giving descendants of the 272 enslaved people a bump in admissions.”

“The Georgetown students behind the effort reject the premise that they themselves are absolved from any financial commitment. “I don’t think the university paying the fee would address what the referendum seeks to address,” says Hannah Michael, a sophomore who helped conceive the idea of a fund. “Students voted yes because they believe they have a financial obligation to commit to reconciliation with descendants.”

“But the fact that students may be ahead of the school in paying reparations is evidence of just how little the university has done to make amends for its misdeeds. And such inaction isn’t just a Georgetown quirk. Virtually all the antebellum colleges were active participants in chattel slavery—at Princeton, for example, prospective students would arrive on campus to be first greeted at the president’s doorstep by his slave. As the MIT historian Craig Steven Wilder writes in Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities, higher education “never stood apart from American slavery—in fact, it stood beside church and state as the third pillar of a civilization built on bondage.”

“Many of these colleges—Harvard, Brown, Rutgers, the University of Virginia, William & Mary—have begun to grapple with their slaveholding past, convening symposia, erecting memorials, renaming buildings, and so on. But none has yet acted on a plan that transcends symbols to try to make amends for the wrong it has done.”

Https://youtu.be/8-trtNHosyo  Video of a priest asking for forgiveness for slavery at Georgetown Univ. States “we have sinned.”  Not according to scripture – we are not responsible for the sins of our fathers.    Don’t know how this video got on my post but it showed up!

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