In their May 1 op-ed, “Georgetown’s unwilling benefactors,” Maxine Crump and Richard J. Cellini did not go far enough in their recommendations for compensating descendants of Georgetown University’s slaves. Besides providing access to records and a Georgetown education, the university would do well to give preference in hiring to the descendants. The money accrued to Georgetown as a result of selling the slaves morally belongs to their descendants and should be returned at today’s value.
These are material gestures that in no way compensate for the horror inflicted on these people’s ancestors and for the ongoing repercussions that infiltrate their descendants’ lives.
Rosalind Feldman, Rockville
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