Students at Georgetown University overwhelmingly voted Thursday for a $ 27.20 increase in tuition fees for the descendants of slaves sold by the university in the 19th century.
More than 66% of students voted in favor of the increase, which would be transferred to a repair fund for descendants of slaves sold by the institution to pay their debts. The resolution still needs to be approved by the university to come into effect.
The university sold 272 slaves in 1838 to pay off its debt, thus saving the school. Georgetown has a memorial for slaves sold and offers an admission preference for their descendants.
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
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