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University of Chicago Facing Demands for Reparations Over Ties to Slavery

University of Chicago Facing Demands for Reparations Over Ties to Slavery

“The university says it was a prior iteration of the school that benefited from slavery, not its current incarnation”

Now that Georgetown and Harvard have caved on this issue, we’re going to see similar moves at many more schools.

WTTW News reports:

University of Chicago Faces Calls for Reparations Over Ties to Slavery; School Says Charges Are Misplaced

Over the past two decades, some of America’s most prominent universities have had to reckon with their ties to the nation’s original sin — slavery. For the last several years, the University of Chicago has faced calls to make reparations for its ties to the slave trade. The university says it was a prior iteration of the school that benefited from slavery, not its current incarnation — but that hasn’t quieted calls for UChicago to acknowledge history and make amends.

The first school known as the University of Chicago was founded in 1856 by former Illinois Senator Stephen A. Douglas. When his father-in-law died, he left Douglas’s wife a plantation and enslaved people. Douglas got a portion of the proceeds.

“With that, Stephen A. Douglas was able to get into the Chicago real estate market,” said Caine Jordan, a UChicago graduate student studying African American history. “Then he starts to get into philanthropy. One of the organizations he gives money to is this upstart Baptist organization, and that is called the University of Chicago.”

Douglas gave them a ten-acre plot at 35th and Cottage Grove and served as the first president of the Board of Trustees. But when Jordan started asking if UChicago had ties to slavery, the response he heard was: “’The university started in 1890. Obviously, it’s a post-slavery institution, there can’t be any ties to slavery.’ But then once we started looking into it, we found yes, there were indeed ties to slavery.”

In 2017, Jordan and his colleagues Guy Anson Mount and Kai Perry Parker published “A Case for Reparations at the University of Chicago,” outlining Douglas’s key role in launching what the current school calls the “Old University of Chicago.”

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Since this is a “racist country,” and everything is tied to racism apparently, isn’t this essentially a way to get “reparations” one institution at a time?

The Gentle Grizzly | June 20, 2022 at 12:15 pm

“The university says it was a prior iteration of the school that benefited from slavery, not its current incarnation”

Why bother answering. Just tell them, “no”.

These people owe me reparations for making me listen to their stupid garbage. It shouldn’t be allowed to keep trying to scam some “reparations”, from people and institutions that owe them nothing, with these deceptive claims.

It’s the same mentality the Dems used against Trump. Throw 100 “Russia” charges against him, all of them random, and hope something sticks. When we discover that one of their targets, say UC, actually benefited them (their South Side would be even worse without the university there in Hyde Park) do they pay us reparations?

texansamurai | June 20, 2022 at 2:54 pm

“reparations” are simply the extortion of money from people who don’t owe it and then “distributing” it to people who’ve never earned it

let all these “african” americans return to africa and try this on with some of the locals

If reparations are justified, how do “Past Payments” reduce the amount now due?
For example, past payments include:

Civil War Deaths

Civil War injured.

Cost of Civil war

Amounts Paid for War on Poverty

Affirmative Action

JackinSilverSpring | June 20, 2022 at 5:07 pm

Why should people who never owned slaves compensate people who never were slaves? Blacks leaders have to stop playing this game. It is up to blacks and not the rest of the world to improve their performance.

henrybowman | June 20, 2022 at 5:42 pm

“The university says it was a prior iteration of the school that benefited from slavery, not its current incarnation”

Any white man could argue the same about himself and his family, and that’s presuming his family was even here during those years.

Albigensian | June 20, 2022 at 9:59 pm

Once you pay the Danegeld you’ll never get rid of the Dane.

Only a fool would think that paying “reparations” would close the books rather than create ever more strident demands for endlessly increasing payments.

Pepsi_Freak | June 21, 2022 at 8:35 am

Blackmailers are never satisfied.

The same goes for people demanding someone pay them money they never earned and do not deserve.

WILL these FARCES be delieverd to the WHITE IRISH that were inslaved before MOST OF the AFREAKIACANS were brought here? That is AFTER they were caught by there blacks & arabs in AFREAKA????

1890, 1860 . . . Mathematics is hard.

In general the “Old University of Chicago” died before the current “University of Chicago” started. The only exception was its law school which later became the Northwestern University Law School. Whatever hate you have in you for former slave owners should be directed at that Law School and not to the University of Chicago. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_University_of_Chicago

This is a case of the woke failing to do valid historic research.