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    Students at Georgetown University voted on Thursday to increase their tuition to benefit descendants of the 272 enslaved Africans the school sold nearly two centuries ago to secure its financial future.

    The fund they voted to create would represent the first instance of reparations for slavery by a prominent American organization.

    The proposal passed with two-thirds of the vote, but the student-led referendum was nonbinding, and the university’s board of directors must approve the measure before it can take effect.

    “We value the engagement of our students and appreciate that they are making their voices heard and contributing to an important national conversation,” Todd Olson, vice president for student affairs, said in a statement on Thursday.

    The undergraduate student body voted to add a new fee of $27.20 per student per semester to their tuition bill, with the proceeds devoted to supporting education and health care programs in Louisiana and Maryland, where many of 4,000 known living descendants of the 272 enslaved people now reside.

    A 2016 article in The New York Times described the 1838 sale by what was then Georgetown College, the premier Catholic institution of higher learning in America at the time. The college’s plantations in Maryland were no longer producing a reliable income to support it, so the Jesuit priests who founded and ran Georgetown decided to raise cash by selling virtually all its slaves, receiving the equivalent of about $3.3 million in today’s money.

    “The school wouldn’t be here without them,” said Shepard Thomas, a junior from New Orleans who is part of the campus group, Students for the GU272, that worked to hold the referendum. Mr. Thomas, a psychology major, is descended from slaves who were part of the 1838 sale.

    “Students here always talk about changing the world after they graduate,” he said. “Why not change the world when you’re here?”

    Mr. Thomas said the amount of the fee, $27.20, was chosen to evoke the number of people sold but not be too onerous for students.

    Georgetown University agreed in 2016 to give admissions preference to descendants of the 272 slaves; Mr. Thomas was one of the first to be admitted under the policy. The school also formally apologized for its role in slavery, and has renamed two buildings on its campus to acknowledge the lives of slaves; one is now named for Isaac Hawkins, the first person listed in the 1838 sale.

    The university has about 7,000 undergraduates, so the fee would raise about $380,000 a year for the fund.

    “It makes me feel happy that we, as students, decided to set a precedent for the betterment of people’s lives,” Mr. Thomas said.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/12/u...gtype=Homepage
    "I guess I just hate the fact there is public property at all." - Mr. Raceboy.

  • #2
    Did anyone ask their parents?

    Pete (knows who's really paying)

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    • #3
      And, if my folks immigrated from Australia back in '01, had me and, I decided to go to Georgetown, my parents would have to pay for the wrong doing of long deceased third parties when I, my parents, their parents parents and so on, had absolutely nothing to do with slavery? If you're going to do reparations, ie: Korematsu, at least do it within a couple generations so the persons responsible might be the persons dinged.

      Dan (thinks what they're doing is pretty much idiocy)
      HFM

      As long as there exists people with religion and a belief in God, there will never be a Libertarian state.

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      • #4
        How much did they sell the slaves for? Take that amount and refund the descendants that amount (even in today's dollars I bet it's not that much)

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        • #5
          Got to agree with Dan. It's way too late for it. In addition, it would be a nightmare on a practical level to qualify applicants and administer benefits.

          Fun fact: I went to graduate school at Georgetown... and THEY paid for it.
          "I guess I just hate the fact there is public property at all." - Mr. Raceboy.

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          • #6
            That is a fun fact!

            Pete (is still paying for his)

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            • #7
              Originally posted by hfm View Post
              And, if my folks immigrated from Australia back in '01, had me and, I decided to go to Georgetown, my parents would have to pay for the wrong doing of long deceased third parties when I, my parents, their parents parents and so on, had absolutely nothing to do with slavery? If you're going to do reparations, ie: Korematsu, at least do it within a couple generations so the persons responsible might be the persons dinged.

              Dan (thinks what they're doing is pretty much idiocy)
              Modern liberalism is a mental disorder.
              "Democracy is a form of worship. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses." H.L. Mencken

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              • #8
                What’s ironic is the Georgetown is a conservative institution.

                I expect the administration will bury this initiative.
                "I guess I just hate the fact there is public property at all." - Mr. Raceboy.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by skooly View Post
                  What’s ironic is the Georgetown is a conservative institution.

                  I expect the administration will bury this initiative.
                  I'd expect even a liberal one to.

                  Pete (thinks this is a disaster in the making)

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