Georgetown University Decides Not to Impose Student Fee to Address Slavery Reparations

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This past spring the student body of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., voted on a proposal to add a semester fee that would go toward a fund to benefit descendants of the 272 slaves that were once owned by the university. The $27.20 fee, which would be added to students’ tuition, would contribute to the descendant community of the 272 enslaved individuals who were sold to pay off Georgetown’s debt in 1838. A bit more than $400,000 would be raised annually by the new fee. The referendum passed by a vote of 2,541 to 1,304; nearly a two-thirds majority of students were in favor of the ne...

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