Slavery Reparations as a Dangerous Precedent for the Higher Education System
GEORGETOWN – April 13, 2019
The American system of higher education is extremely corrupt as shown by the recent scandals. And the system is not only corrupt, but also tolerant to so-called “social justice warriors”, who beg for “slavery reparations” and other welfare money of any kind. And this is exactly what happened in Georgetown.
Georgetown University is one of the most famous educational institutions of Washington D.C., and also one of the oldest universities in America in general, founded back in 1789. It is also the oldest Catholic and Jesuit-affiliated American educational institution, with Jesuits participating in the academic life of Georgetown (as scholars, professors, administrators and staff members) at least since 1805. However, despite such a strong religious background, Georgetown has always been administered separately from the church, and the majority of students studying there have always been not Catholic.
Georgetown has many famous alumni, for example - former President Bill Clinton, former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and CIA director George Tenet. Even Spanish King Felipe used to study there, as well as the royalty of a dozen other countries worldwide. In other words, Georgetown is a very prestigious university that many who desire to have diplomatic or state careers dream of attending.
And now, Georgetown could become the first educational institution to pay so-called “slavery reparations,” on the initiative of a group of black students who claim they are the descendants of slaves sold by Georgetown authorities in 1838 to help the college stabilize its financial situation.
At least 272 slaves were sold at that time. The reparations measure has been approved by the students of Georgetown by a margin of almost 2-to-1 but still has to be approved by the heads of the university to go into effect.
If the measure goes into effect, tuition would increase by $27.20 per semester to create a special fund benefiting the descendants of those 272 slaves who were sold almost 180 years ago in order to pay off the Jesuits' debt. The initiative group has also stated it was a move that “saved the university financially”.
The decision is still controversial for university authorities, who have vowed to "carefully review the results of the referendum”, but the voices of the social justice warriors are too strong to be muted, which could create a dangerous precedent not only for Georgetown, but for many other colleges and universities as well: Who knows what they did 200 years ago?
The typical position of an African American activist who stands for reparations is: "The Jesuits sold my family and 40 other families so you could be here", as sophomore Melisande Short-Colomb said, but it seems more like an act of mendicancy than the restoration of historical fairness.