If you’re a student at Georgetown University, it’s time to PAY YOUR REPARATIONS!
Over two-thirds of the students at Georgetown University voted in favor of a resolution that will FORCE them to pay an annual slavery reparations fee.
The results of the referendum are as follows: 66.08% for yes (2541 votes), 33.92% for no (1304 votes). This means that the referendum passes.
— GUSA Elections (@GUSAElections) April 12, 2019
According to news reports, back in 1838 the institution owned slaves but was forced to sell them to pay off debts. So 181 years later, students passed a resolution to pay $27.20 per semester to make up for slavery.
The money collected will go towards creating a donation fund for the 4,000 known descendants of the 272 Georgetown slaves.
If you haven’t put two and two together, the amount of $27.20 was chosen to represent the 272 slaves that Georgetown University sold.
GEORGE TOWN UNIVERSITY SENDS A STRONG MASSAGE BY VOTING FOR A $27 FEES AS REPARATIONS FROM SLAVERY 2019:Georgetown University could become the first college in the nation to mandate a fee to benefit descendants of slaves sold by the university nearly 200 years ago pic.twitter.com/27buXoErom
— Panesma Africa Media (@panesma) April 12, 2019
Georgetown University Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Todd Olson said that the university has met with the descendants of the slaves the institution once owned. He said,
“Since 2015, Georgetown has been working to address its historical relationship to slavery and will continue to do so. Georgetown has taken initial steps to seek reconciliation, beginning with offering a formal apology to Descendants; renaming two buildings, including one for Isaac Hawkins, the first person named in the 1838 sale; and offering Descendants the same consideration in admissions that it gives members of the Georgetown community.
Since President DeGioia traveled to Louisiana in June 2016, Georgetown has met with many Descendants and heard many important ideas about how we might move forward together. The Descendant Community, the Society of Jesus, and Georgetown are working together towards reconciliation and transformation regarding the legacy of slavery.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is providing its knowledge, experience, and resources to facilitate this work. The process is anchored in the practice of trust-building, truth-telling, racial healing, and transformation.”
While this vote may seem “noble” or “worthy” to some folks, it raises a lot of questions about reparations – questions like:
- Who deserves to get money?
- Does it pertain to anyone who was a slave in America, or just those of African descent?
- Is ONLY getting $27.20 insulting to the beneficiary, and is that how much Georgetown thinks slavery is worth today?
Look, America is not without its faults and unfortunate moments in history – but should college students really be forced to pay for what others did over 150 years ago?
Where does it all end?
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