Georgetown students vote overwhelmingly to approve fee for slavery reparations

Georgetown University students voted overwhelmingly on Thursday in favor of creating a $27.20 tuition increase to benefit the descendants of slaves sold by the university in the 1800s. 

More than 66 percent of the student body voted in favor of the increase, which would be steered into a reparation fund for descendants of slaves the institution sold to pay off debts. The resolution must still be approved by the university to go into effect.

The university sold 272 slaves in 1838 to pay off debt, saving the school. Georgetown has a memorial for the slaves sold and offers admissions preference for their descendants.

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The move by the university comes as politicians, notably several 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, have proposed ideas of reparations for slavery. Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRepublicans wrestle with impeachment strategy O'Rourke campaign says path to victory hinges on top 5 finishes in Iowa, Nevada O'Rourke raises .5 million in third quarter MORE (D-N.J.) this week introduced legislation to study granting reparations to African-Americans.

Fellow 2020 candidates Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRepublicans wrestle with impeachment strategy Klobuchar takes shots at health and education plans supported by Sanders and Warren Kamala Harris to Trump Jr.: 'You wouldn't know a joke if one raised you' MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders can gain ground by zeroing in on corruption Biden praises Buttigieg for criticizing GOP attacks: 'That's a good man' Warren enters crucial debate with big momentum MORE (D-Mass.), as well as former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), have also signaled willingness to look into the issue further.