Georgetown University Students Vote to Establish Reparations Fund

Nicole Rojas
Apr 16, 2019 - 5:00

Students at Georgetown University are a step closer to establishing the first slavery reparations policy in the United States. More than two-thirds of students voted to endorse a semesterly fee that would benefit the descendants of the 272 enslaved people who were sold by the Jesuits who ran the university. Students held a vote on Thursday, April 11 to approve a $27.20 per semester fee that would be allocated to supporting education and health care programs in Louisiana and Maryland, where many of the 4,000 known descendants of the “GU272” now live. According to student newspaper -->

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3 Replies to “Georgetown University Students Vote to Establish Reparations Fund”

  1. I’m white and graduated Georgetown 20 yrs ago. At first I agreed with Arica’s comment, that the university should lead this and should be doing more. But upon reflection, and knowing the student body is still majority white, I wonder if this couldn’t be a model for white people looking for ways to acknowledge and counter-act our privilege. 2/3 of the student body is saying, charge me a fee, I know I am benefiting from a university that wouldn’t even be here were it not for the sale of human slaves. I know there is more to it when it comes to these rich institutions sitting on their wallets in these cases, but, in the conversation of white privilege, too many of us individuals hide behind a desire to see institutions lead and not each of us.

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