ONN: Georgetown University officials are pushing to force students to pay reparation fees for slaves that the Catholic institution sold in the 1830s.
To pay off debts nearly two centuries ago, the Washington, D.C.- based university sold 272 African-American slaves, according to the College Fix, as leaders at the institution believe that having students pay the deceased indentured servants’ relatives will make amends – and they are coming to a conclusion on the issue after taking a vote.
“The student Senate recently authorized a campus-wide referendum to vote on whether or not to create a fund that would benefit the descendants of the 272 men, women and children who were sold in 1838 to pay off the school’s debts,” TheBlaze reported. “The vote was approved 20–4.”
Paying for a 200-year-old mistakes of the institution
The resolution outlined what the fees would be paying to.
“The proceeds of the GU272 Reconciliation Contributions will be allocated for charitable purposes directly benefiting the descendants of the GU272 and other persons once enslaved by the Maryland Jesuits – with special consideration given to causes and proposals directly benefiting those descendants still residing in proud and underprivileged communities,” the resolution declares, according to the College Fix.
The university’s paper, The Hoya, announced that students are slated to vote on the proposal in April, and a $27.20 semester fee would be collected from students at the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester, but students receiving financial aid would not be affected by the fee.
Students up in arms
Opposition to the proposed forced reparations was voiced at a campus meeting by many Georgetown students who firmly stand against the referendum – arguing that it is not their responsibility to make reconciliation for the university’s past actions.
Georgetown University Senator Evan Farrara made students’ opposition very clear.