Issues, Politics

Georgetown Students Vote to Tax Themselves for Slavery Reparations

More than 180 years ago, Georgetown University sold 272 slaves. Starting in the fall of 2020, the Georgetown student government body wants students to establish a fund for the descendants of these slaves with a $27.20 fee per student each semester of attendance. It passed in a 20-4 vote. Students receiving financial aid will have the option to opt out if the measure takes effect after a campuswide vote in April. This is what we call redistributive justice: those who did not sin paying for the sins of their ancestors.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

Students at Georgetown University are considering paying reparations for slaves that Georgetown University sold more than 180 years ago.

Earlier this month, the Georgetown student government authorized a campus-wide student referendum that will ask students to establish a fund for the descendants of these 272 slaves. If the referendum passes, a fee would be collected each semester, starting in the fall of 2020.

The semesterly fee proposed is $27.20 per student “in honor of the 272 people sold by Georgetown,” according to the student government resolution approving the referendum, obtained by the College Fix.

Students receiving financial aid will be able to opt out of the reparations payments, according to student news outlet the Hoya.

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