The students of Georgetown University have voted to mandate a $27 fee per semester for a form of “reparations” to blacks descended from slaves.
By a nearly 2-1 margin, the students approved the measure, which still awaits the university’s approval.
The new move would raise tuition to benefit the descendants of 272 slaves, which were sold to pay off the school’s debt long before slavery was abolished.
According to ABC News, the university has vowed to “carefully review the results of the referendum, and regardless of the outcome, will remain committed to engaging with students, Descendants, and the broader Georgetown community and addressing its historical relationship to slavery.”
One student, who is one of four students descended from the slaves that were sold, felt it was a move in the right direction.
“The Jesuits sold my family and 40 other families so you could be here,” sophomore Melisande Short-Colomb said.
Not everyone, however, feels that way.
“It’s unjust to compel 7,000-plus people to pay for the university’s historical sins,” said Haley Grande, a sophomore in student leadership at the university. “There is an obligation for Georgetown to reconcile its sins, and that obligation falls squarely on the institution.”
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