Georgetown Students Could Approve First Slavery Reparations Fund in the U.S.
Georgetown University students are voting today on whether or not to create a fund for reparations for descendants of slaves once sold by the school. If the new student fee -- $27.20 to be paid by every Georgetown undergraduate once a semester -- is passed and implemented, it would be the first reparations policy at any major institution in America. A new board would provide those funds to the estimated 4,000 descendants of the 272 slaves Georgetown sold in 1838 to boost the university's finances. Students for GU272 called the vote "an unprecedented opportunity for us to come together and take action and responsibility as a Georgetown community." However, the vote is not binding for the administration, and the school is not required to follow through and has not said if it would implement the change. The university said it “appreciate[s] that [undergraduates] are making their voices heard and contributing to an important national conversation ... The university will 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." The vote is online and ends at 11:59P tonight. More here.