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Brown University undergrad students vote for school to give reparations

The school would join a growing list of schools taking on whether it should pay reparations to the descendants of the enslaved.

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Brown University students voted last week to offer reparations to descendants of slaves who were affiliated with the university and its founders, NBC News reported.

Undergraduate students at the Rhode Island ivy league voted on whether the school should make “all possible efforts to identify the descendants of enslaved Africans who were entangled with and/or afflicted by the University and Brown family and their associates. It also voted if Brown should give reparations to descendants of slaves, according to NBC.

Brown University spokesperson Brian Clark told NBC in a statement:

“Confronting questions of reparations and institutional reckoning with connections to the transatlantic slave trade has a deep history at Brown. The University interrogated this issue as a full community from 2003 to 2006, and Brown committed to a series of actions whose impact persists in our education, research, engagement with historically underrepresented groups and ongoing work in diversity, equity and inclusion. The current work of Brown’s Task Force on Anti-Black Racism will make recommendations on more Brown can do to address the legacy of slavery.”

According to NBC News, The reparations would come in different forms, including direct payments to descendants of the enslaved, targeted investments in Black communities and preferential admission for descendants.

Brown would join a growing list of schools taking on whether it should pay reparations to the descendants of slaves.

In 2019, Georgetown University began offering full scholarships of descendants to attend the University and scholarships to its Catholic monastery.