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Georgetown students to vote on slavery reparations fund

Georgetown students to vote on slavery reparations fund”

Historians concluded that the institution, created in 1789 by Jesuits, could only exist as the elite university it has become today because of a large number of slaves it owned, who were sold off together in 1838 to repay...

The students are considering a fee benefiting the descendants of enslaved people.

On Thursday, almost 66% of Georgetown students voted to raise tuition at the renowned university by $27.20 a semester.

Georgetown University students overwhelmingly voted this week for a tuition hike, which would pay reparations to the descendants of slaves.

The Georgetown referendum comes as Democratic candidates for president debate whether the United States should provide compensation to the descendants of African-American slaves.

But several 2020 Democratic hopefuls, including Senator Elizabeth Warren and Julian Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio, have come out strongly in favor of reparations.

News outlets report undergraduate students will vote Thursday on a "Reconciliation Contribution" in the form of a $27.20-per-semester fee. Those students say the $27.20 fee would generate over $400,000 a year and would "be allocated for charitable purposes directly benefiting the descendants of the GU272 and other persons once enslaved by the Maryland Jesuits".

The university has previously apologized for the sale of the 272 slaves that funded the school, however, it never offered to pay any reparations to the descendants of those slaves, instead naming a campus building after one of those slaves.

The measure passed by a vote of 2,541-1,304 late Thursday.

"Our students are contributing to an important national conversation and we share their commitment to addressing Georgetown's history with slavery", Vice President for Student Affairs Todd Olson said in a statement Friday.

"There are many approaches that enable our community to respond to the legacies of slavery", Olson said.



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