Reconsidering the American University's Role in Reparations

By: Michael Skora

April 28, 2022

Spring 2022 Student Symposium: Berkley Center Students

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò defines the constructive view of reparations as a world-transforming project in which the beneficiaries of structural injustices materially redistribute to those burdened by said injustices. Constructive reparations demonstrate Georgetown University's failure to compensate the GU272 descendants as well as American universities' broader reparative responsibilities. Many institutions practiced slavery, all occupy indigenous land, and several partner with corporations and military institutions that exploit and enact violence on racially-disadvantaged populations domestic and abroad. Using Táíwò's philosophical framework, I will investigate how Georgetown and other universities benefit from the unjust world order he identifies and their responsibilities in constructing a new one.


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