“In 1838, 272 slaves were forced to board ships in America’s capital and sold like cargo to plantations in Louisiana. The sellers were Jesuits, part of the Catholic religious order that helped establish Georgetown University. The enslaved people were men, women, and children whose families would soon be ripped apart so that the college could pay off its debts. Just 178 years later, the current leader of that religious order stood in front of more than 100 descendants of those slaves and repented for his predecessors’ sins. ‘We have greatly sinned, in our thoughts and in our words, in what we have done, and what we have failed to do,’ Rev. Timothy Kesicki, president of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States said on Tuesday. ‘We are profoundly sorry — it is our very enslavement of another, our very ownership of another, culminating in the tragic sale of 272 women, men, and children that remains with us to this day, trapping us in a historic truth, for which we implore mercy and justice, hope and healing.’ The formal apology was part of a service of “Remembrance, Contrition and Hope” held on Tuesday at Georgetown University. The service was hosted by the university, the Jesuit order, formally known as the Society of Jesus, and the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington.”

Source: Carol Kuruville. “Georgetown University Formally Apologizes For Role In Slavery.” The Huffington Post. April 19, 2017.  http://huff.to/2pgB6kQ

“At jails and prisons around the U.S., inmates who seek medical care must pay a fee of a few dollars or more before seeing a doctor, dentist or other health professional. Now, a new report shows how these copays can restrict access to care for incarcerated people who often make just cents for an hour of work ― and nothing at all in some states. A total of 42 states allow for some form of copay for non-emergency, patient-initiated visits with jail or prison medical staff, according to the report that the nonprofit Prison Policy Initiative published Wednesday. Fees in most states range between $2 to $8 per appointment. In Texas, inmates must pay $100 per year for medical care. Federal prisons require a $2 copay.”

Source: Nick Wing. “Prisons And Jails Are Forcing Inmates To Pay A Small Fortune Just To See A Doctor.” The Huffington Post. April 19, 2017. http://huff.to/2onqPPR

“[Paulo] Freire asserted that the school’s curriculum and instruction can either indoctrinate students to conform to an official version of knowledge or it can challenge them to develop a critical consciousness that empowers them to engage in self-liberation. For example, an official version of history that celebrates the achievements of white Euro-American males and minimizes the contributions of women, African Americans, Latinos, and other minority groups creates a false consciousness. An education that defines a person’s worth in terms of wealth and power and sees schooling as a ticket to a success in an exploitative economic system cannot be truly humanizing.”

Source: Daniel Levine and Allan Ornstein. Foundations of Education, 10th ed. pg. 117. 2008.