In its early days, the school that would become Georgetown University was funded in part by plantations, and the institution might not even exist today if it weren’t for 272 slaves who were sold to pay off its debts.
Did you know that two Georgetown University presidents sold Jesuit-owned slaves in the 1830s to pay down the school’s debt? Now the institution is renaming two buildings memorializing these men because of their slavery ties.
Matt Ivester, the creator of the gossip website JuicyCampus.com, spoke at Georgetown University on Tuesday night. The independent student paper GW Hatchet describes the auditorium, filled with students, as "tense." Ivester answered student questions for the first time; the student government would like the site banned…