Georgetown students vote to increase tuition to pay slavery reparations

Georgetown students vote to increase tuition to pay slavery reparations
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[Ed. – Their parents, who actually write the checks, must be thrilled.]

Georgetown University students overwhelmingly voted to increase their tuition to pay reparations to the descendants of slaves once owned by the school.

The move came as reparations are increasingly being discussed by 2020 Democrats on the campaign trail.

Students supported the measure by a 2-to-1 margin this week. The fee would increase tuition at the nation’s oldest Catholic university by nearly $28 per semester for every student. The money would go into a fund for descendants of the 272 slaves the Jesuits sold in 1838 to keep the deeply-in-debt university open.

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The vote is not binding, however. University leaders will take the final decision on whether to implement a mandatory fee for reparations.

“There are many approaches that enable our community to respond to the legacies of slavery,” said Todd Olson, vice president for student affairs. “This student referendum provides valuable insight into student perspectives and will help guide our continued engagement with students, faculty and staff, members of the Descendant community, and the Society of Jesus.”

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