Associate Professor Dr. Thomas Craemer Featured in Washington Post Article
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.