College students at Georgetown College have permitted a fund that might profit the descendants of slaves bought by the elite Jesuit faculty within the 1800s.
Creation of the reparations fund was permitted in a pupil referendum and the outcomes had been introduced late Thursday.
The Georgetown College Pupil Affiliation (GUSA) stated 2,541 college students voted in favour of the measure whereas 1,304 opposed it.
It could levy a $27.20 payment on college students every semester to create a fund for the descendants of 272 slaves bought by the college’s Jesuit founders in 1838 to repay debt.
The fund can be the primary of its variety within the nation. It could be administered by a board made up of scholars and descendants of the slaves to supply cash for the training of descendants and different charitable functions.
The outcomes are usually not binding on the college, which was based by Jesuits in 1789 and is situated within the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington.
Todd Olson, the varsity’s vice chairman for pupil affairs, stated the college “values the engagement of our college students.”
“Our college students are contributing to an vital nationwide dialog and we share their dedication to addressing Georgetown’s historical past with slavery,” Olson stated in a press release.
“We perceive that the objectives of the scholar referendum are to honor the 272 enslaved people bought by the Maryland Jesuits in 1838,” he stated.
“There are various approaches that allow our group to answer the legacies of slavery,” Olson stated.
“This pupil referendum gives worthwhile perception into pupil views and can assist information our continued engagement with college students, school and workers, members of the descendant group, and the Society of Jesus,” he added.
The Georgetown referendum comes as Democratic candidates for president debate whether or not america ought to present compensation to the descendants of African-American slaves.
Barack Obama, America’s first black president, and 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton didn’t assist compensation for the descendants of slaves.
However a number of 2020 Democratic hopefuls, together with Senator Elizabeth Warren and Julian Castro, the previous mayor of San Antonio, have come out strongly in favor of reparations.
Georgetown College has an undergraduate enrollment of greater than 7,000. Tuition for undergraduates within the 2019 fiscal 12 months is $53,520.