Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Georgetown students may soon have to pay $27.20 slavery reparations fee

Georgetown students may soon have to pay $27.20 slavery reparations fee

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

Georgetown University may become the first USA school to charge a fee to pay reparations to descendants of former slaves.

Georgetown University Student Association Election Commission. As a result of the resolution, students will now be charged an additional $27.20 per semester. 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".

The journal, cited by Newsweek, said Craemer came up with those figures by tabulating how many hours all slaves worked in the United States from when the country was officially established in 1776 until 1865 when slavery was officially abolished.

The university sold 272 slaves in 1838 to pay off debt, saving the university.

"Our students are contributing to an important national conversation and we share their commitment to addressing Georgetown's history with slavery", Olson added.

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Undergraduate students passed the referendum with a 66 per cent majority, but the measure requires approval by the university.

Barack Obama, America's first African-American president, and 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton did not support the idea.

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.

Leading up to the vote, the editorial board of the Georgetown Voice, a student magazine, urged undergrads to approve the proposal, arguing that it would "move past memorialization to concretely to address how our school's past affects people in the present".

Tuition at Georgetown, a private school in Washington, D.C., costs about $55,000 a year.

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