Dr. Thomas Craemer Featured in Washington Post Article

 

Associate Professor Dr. Thomas Craemer Featured in Washington Post Article

Thomas Craemer

DPP Associate Professor Dr. Thomas Craemer was recently featured in a Washington Post article entitled “Georgetown students vote in favor of reparations for enslaved people.”  Georgetown University students have recently voted in support of creating a fund to help the descendants of the enslaved people sold by the University in the 19th century pay off debts.  Dr. Craemer worked with a group of descendants to measure the effect of the enslavement.  In the article, he noted that he believes that reparations are warranted “because forced labor created wealth for others [and] ’the descendants of the people that actually did the hard work are excluded from that inheritance.”  He also adds that he does not know any other examples where members of a U.S. organization have taken it upon themselves to pay reparations directly to the descendants of the enslaved.  Therefore, this is a pivotal moment for Georgetown and the individuals affected by the enslavement of their ancestors.


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