Georgetown University(GU) in Washington, DC, a Jesuit institution of higher learning, has apologized for its role in the slave trade and it has offered to make amends through preference admissions to the descendants of the 272 slaves the university sold in 1838 to pay its debts.
In a move described in an article in the Washington Post Newspaper as:"...one of the most aggressive responses to date among the universities trying to make amends for the horrors of slavery", GU's president, John J. DeGioia, said the university would extend to the descendants of slaves owned by Maryland Jesuits the same privilege it extends to the children of faculty, staff and alumni per admissions.
Moreover, the institution plans to rename a residence hall on campus after a 65-year-old slave named Isaac, who was sold along with another 271 slaves in 1838. Most of the slaves were taken to Louisiana splitting families apart.
While Georgetown's overtures for its slave dealing past appear credible and acceptable; how appropriate is it for wrong doers to set their own punishment and means of atonement?