Yale University issues groveling apology for 'role in slavery' after four-year ... trends now

Yale University issues groveling apology for 'role in slavery' after four-year ... trends now
Yale University issues groveling apology for 'role in slavery' after four-year ... trends now

Yale University issues groveling apology for 'role in slavery' after four-year ... trends now

Yale University has issued an apology for its connection to slavery after several years of research and study that it undertook into its formative ties to the slave trade.

The Ivy League institution ramped up its desire to confront its slavery ties in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis in 2020 - and now they've admitted 'this is a truth that we have to confront.' 

Yale has vowed to do better - including expanding their research partnerships with historically black colleges and universities across the country.

Following a four-year research project, Yale released a statement saying: 'We recognize our university's historical role in and associations with slavery, as well as the labor, the experiences, and the contributions of enslaved people to our university's history.

'We apologize for the ways that Yale's leaders, over the course of our early history, participated in slavery.' 

'This project is an attempt really to look for that kind of truth, look for 'Truth and Light', said Yale President Peter Salovey, pictured

'This project is an attempt really to look for that kind of truth, look for 'Truth and Light', said Yale President Peter Salovey, pictured

A view of Yale University central campus from Harkness Tower

A view of Yale University central campus from Harkness Tower

A routine police encounter in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25, 2020 had resulted in the death of George Floyd (pictured), a 46-year-old black man

A desire to confront racist legacies in the U.S. picked up momentum in 2020 after the death of George Floyd , a black man who was killed by a Minneapolis police officer

 In recent years, a growing number of institutions have formally apologized for their historical role in the transatlantic slave trade.

Since October 2020, members of the Yale & Slavery Research Project have conducted research into links to slavery by the New Haven, Connecticut-based university, making their findings public.

'Although there were no known records of Yale University owning enslaved people, many of Yale's Puritan founders owned enslaved people, as did a significant number of Yale's early leaders and other prominent members of the university community, and the Research Project has identified over 200 of these enslaved people,' the statement said.

'Acknowledging and apologizing for this history are only part of the path forward,' the statement added.

The majority of those who were enslaved are identified as black, but some are identified as Indigenous.

Some of those enslaved participated in the construction of Connecticut Hall, the oldest building on campus. Others worked in cotton fields, rum refineries, and other punishing places in Connecticut or elsewhere.

'Their grueling labor benefited those who contributed funds to Yale,' the statement read. 

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Yale University has issued an apology for its connection to slavery after several years of research and study that it said it undertook into its formative ties to the slave trade

Yale University has issued an apology for its connection to slavery after several years of research and study that it said it undertook into its formative ties to the slave trade

'This project is an attempt really to look for that kind of truth, look for 'Truth and Light', said Yale President Peter Salovey.

'Lux et Veritas, that's our motto. And sometimes truths are hard, sometimes they're difficult. But this is a truth that we have to confront.'

The project's findings also revealed that prominent members of the Yale community joined with New Haven leaders and citizens to stop a proposal to build a college

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