Harvard Apologizes for Slavery, Offers $100 Million to Make It Better – Opinion

Harvard’s sorry for slavery, and it’s ready to prove it by paying prodigiously.

A report was recently published by the school that shows how it has benefited from this practice.

ABC News

[Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery]Commissioned by [President Lawrence Bacow], found that Harvard’s faculty, staff and leaders enslaved more than 70 Black and Native American people from the school’s founding in 1636 to 1783. It cautions that the figure is “almost certainly an undercount.”

Harvard’s kicking collegiate Caucasians and taking names:

Historical records were used by researchers to help identify hundreds of slaves and their connections to the university.

Many were only identified by one name such as Cesar or Dinah, but others could be identified using a combination of both.

The following is taken from the report

Harvard professors, presidents, and students were served by enslaved women and men. In addition, both Harvard and its donors enjoyed strong financial ties to slavery during this time and into the 19th century.

Therefore, Harvard “should make a significant monetary commitment, and it should invest in remedies of equal or greater breadth than other universities.”

ABC notes the college’s “growth is credited to support from wealthy donors who accumulated their fortunes through the slave trade and industries (such as that of cotton and railroad) that relied on it.”

So what’s a sorry, historically sinister school to do? In Harvard’s case, the answer involves a colossal amount of cash. Select relatives may benefit bigly:

[The school] is vowing to spend $100 million to study and atone for its extensive ties with slavery…with plans to identify and support the descendants of enslaved people who labored at the Ivy League campus.

Per President Lawrence

“I believe we bear a moral responsibility to do what we can to address the persistent corrosive effects of those historical practices on individuals, on Harvard, and on our society.”

The aftermath of slavery isn’t Harvard’s only cultural concern. In a number of ways, the school’s leading a transformative charge:

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Harvard spends one year reviewing its decor and discovers too many portraits of white men

Harvard’s New Head Chaplain Is an Atheist

Harvard Law Gives Polyamory Another Kick

Not everyone’s impressed by the $100 million mea culpa.

As relayed by Fox News, New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project author Nikole Hannah Jones considers the amount “way too low.”

The college could certainly go higher — it boasts an endowment of more than $50 billion.

What will this do to pay repartee for slavery other than giving cash to the descendants?

According to ABC, there’s a menagerie of ideas:

The report says Harvard should identify the descendants of enslaved people and engage with them “through dialogue, programming, information sharing, relationship building and educational support.” …

“Through such efforts, these descendants can recover their histories, tell their stories and pursue empowering knowledge,” the report said.

In a larger context, the letter urges Harvard’s to reduce racial inequalities by expanding educational opportunities for descendants from enslaved individuals, especially those living in the South or the Caribbean. The university is asked to partner with historically Black colleges in the nation, and to provide new funding for scholars and students to Harvard for upto a year.

Are the 250-year-old dead’s sins able to be paid by financial means? It would seem no, but Harvard’s clearly committed to letting everyone know they’re trying.



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