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Georgetown Students Vote for Reparations for Slave Descendants

Georgetown Students Vote for Reparations for Slave Descendants

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

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

"We understand that the goals of the student referendum are to honor the 272 enslaved individuals sold by the Maryland Jesuits in 1838".

ABC reported the school's undergraduates voted Thursday (April 11) on a referendum to increase their $53,520 tuition by $27.20 per semester to create a fund benefiting descendants of the 272 enslaved people.

After the passage of the bill, Georgetown sophomore Eliza Dunni Phillips, a member of the GU272, told CNN: "The vestiges of slavery are still so evident, and so numerous African Americans whose ancestors were enslaved are still so disenfranchised".

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.

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"We recognize the great privileges we have been given, and wish to at least partially repay our debts to the families whose involuntary sacrifices made these privileges possible", the resolution states.

It would be administered by a board made up of students and descendants of the slaves to provide money for the education of descendants and other charitable purposes.

In the summer of 2016, the Georgetown University Working Group on Slavery, Memory and Reconciliation published a report and recommendations for how the university should "address this shameful history", including establishing financial assistance for descendants.

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

University administrator Todd Olson didn't commit to the fund's establishment in a statement on Friday, but said the non-binding vote provided "valuable insight into student perspectives".