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Princeton drops Woodrow Wilson's name from school due to 'racist thinking'

Princeton University will remove former President Woodrow Wilson’s name from its public policy school and a residential college, the school’s president announced Saturday.

Christopher Eisgruber announced the institution’s decision in a statement published on the school’s website. He cited Wilson’s “racist views and policies” as the main factor in the decision.

"The trustees conclude that Woodrow Wilson's racist thinking and policies make him an inappropriate namesake for a school or college whose scholars, students, and alumni must firmly stand against racism in all its forms,” the statement read.

The trustees voted Friday to remove the name of the public policy school, which will hence be known as The Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, while the college will simply be called First College.

The Wilson College was set to close in two years following the construction of two new residential colleges, but Eisgruber did not want to make students “identify with the name of a racist president” during that time.

Protests over the New Jersey Ivy League school's name have been ongoing since 2015 when students occupied the president’s office and demanded Wilson’s name be removed from Princeton buildings. The university responded by forming a committee to study Wilson’s legacy at the school.

While the committee initially recommended a number of reforms, the names were left on the buildings. In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death on May 25, as well as in the wake of nationwide protests against police brutality that followed, Princeton’s trustees agreed to revisit the matter.

“Princeton is part of an America that has too often disregarded, ignored, or excused racism, allowing the persistence of systems that discriminate against Black people,” the statement continued. “When Derek Chauvin knelt for nearly nine minutes on George Floyd’s neck while bystanders recorded his cruelty, he might have assumed that the system would disregard, ignore, or excuse his conduct, as it had done in response to past complaints against him.”

The trustees cited Wilson’s “segregationist policies,” by which he segregated multiple federal agencies and his Cabinet after decades of integration following Reconstruction. The New York Times noted that while Wilson may not have led the segregationist efforts, he “doubled down” when challenged on the topic and rationalized segregation as a “strategy to keep racial peace.”

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A member of the Democratic Party, Wilson served as the president of Princeton University and as the 34th governor of New Jersey before winning the 1912 presidential election. So Woodrow Wilson was a Democrat and the school conveniently left that out for obvious reasons.

 

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Princeton drops Woodrow Wilson's name from school due to 'racist thinking'

Princeton University will remove former President Woodrow Wilson’s name from its public policy school and a residential college, the school’s president announced Saturday.

Christopher Eisgruber announced the institution’s decision in a statement published on the school’s website. He cited Wilson’s “racist views and policies” as the main factor in the decision.

"The trustees conclude that Woodrow Wilson's racist thinking and policies make him an inappropriate namesake for a school or college whose scholars, students, and alumni must firmly stand against racism in all its forms,” the statement read.

The trustees voted Friday to remove the name of the public policy school, which will hence be known as The Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, while the college will simply be called First College.

The Wilson College was set to close in two years following the construction of two new residential colleges, but Eisgruber did not want to make students “identify with the name of a racist president” during that time.

Protests over the New Jersey Ivy League school's name have been ongoing since 2015 when students occupied the president’s office and demanded Wilson’s name be removed from Princeton buildings. The university responded by forming a committee to study Wilson’s legacy at the school.

While the committee initially recommended a number of reforms, the names were left on the buildings. In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death on May 25, as well as in the wake of nationwide protests against police brutality that followed, Princeton’s trustees agreed to revisit the matter.

“Princeton is part of an America that has too often disregarded, ignored, or excused racism, allowing the persistence of systems that discriminate against Black people,” the statement continued. “When Derek Chauvin knelt for nearly nine minutes on George Floyd’s neck while bystanders recorded his cruelty, he might have assumed that the system would disregard, ignore, or excuse his conduct, as it had done in response to past complaints against him.”

The trustees cited Wilson’s “segregationist policies,” by which he segregated multiple federal agencies and his Cabinet after decades of integration following Reconstruction. The New York Times noted that while Wilson may not have led the segregationist efforts, he “doubled down” when challenged on the topic and rationalized segregation as a “strategy to keep racial peace.”

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A member of the Democratic Party, Wilson served as the president of Princeton University and as the 34th governor of New Jersey before winning the 1912 presidential election. So Woodrow Wilson was a Democrat and the school conveniently left that out for obvious reasons.

 

Abraham Lincoln was a Republican who opposed racism. The parties have changed/evolved over the years.

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14 minutes ago, MovieMadness said:

Princeton drops Woodrow Wilson's name from school due to 'racist thinking'

Princeton University will remove former President Woodrow Wilson’s name from its public policy school and a residential college, the school’s president announced Saturday.

Christopher Eisgruber announced the institution’s decision in a statement published on the school’s website. He cited Wilson’s “racist views and policies” as the main factor in the decision.

"The trustees conclude that Woodrow Wilson's racist thinking and policies make him an inappropriate namesake for a school or college whose scholars, students, and alumni must firmly stand against racism in all its forms,” the statement read.

The trustees voted Friday to remove the name of the public policy school, which will hence be known as The Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, while the college will simply be called First College.

The Wilson College was set to close in two years following the construction of two new residential colleges, but Eisgruber did not want to make students “identify with the name of a racist president” during that time.

Protests over the New Jersey Ivy League school's name have been ongoing since 2015 when students occupied the president’s office and demanded Wilson’s name be removed from Princeton buildings. The university responded by forming a committee to study Wilson’s legacy at the school.

While the committee initially recommended a number of reforms, the names were left on the buildings. In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death on May 25, as well as in the wake of nationwide protests against police brutality that followed, Princeton’s trustees agreed to revisit the matter.

“Princeton is part of an America that has too often disregarded, ignored, or excused racism, allowing the persistence of systems that discriminate against Black people,” the statement continued. “When Derek Chauvin knelt for nearly nine minutes on George Floyd’s neck while bystanders recorded his cruelty, he might have assumed that the system would disregard, ignore, or excuse his conduct, as it had done in response to past complaints against him.”

The trustees cited Wilson’s “segregationist policies,” by which he segregated multiple federal agencies and his Cabinet after decades of integration following Reconstruction. The New York Times noted that while Wilson may not have led the segregationist efforts, he “doubled down” when challenged on the topic and rationalized segregation as a “strategy to keep racial peace.”

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A member of the Democratic Party, Wilson served as the president of Princeton University and as the 34th governor of New Jersey before winning the 1912 presidential election. So Woodrow Wilson was a Democrat and the school conveniently left that out for obvious reasons.

 

Starting with FDR through Truman and JFK the Democratic party up north started to push for civil rights.

When Lyndon Johnson finally got that Civil Rights bill passed in 1964, the white supremacist/ segregationist/ racist Dixiecrats types from the south started to leave the Democrats to join the Republican Party-- led by the likes of people like Strom Thurmond.

The conservative Goldwater racists in the 1964 Republican Party were certainly against the Civil Rights bill too and welcomed them-- the more racists the merrier.

Then, Goldwater was a failure but Nixon got a rebirth and took off with his Law and Order and southern strategy, oh where have I heard that before? LMREO

Mad--At your age, I don't think I should have to remind you of current history which we all have lived through.

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They were mostly democrats in the south who opposed it, no matter how many times you want to hope otherwise.

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9 minutes ago, MovieMadness said:

They were mostly democrats in the south who opposed it, no matter how many times you want to hope otherwise.

That's why they had to leave the Democratic Party.

Mad, what college did you study American history at?

I studied political science with one of Harry Truman's advisors at Kansas University. And he told me why these people had to leave the party and the hell that they gave Harry Truman before they left.

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Robert Byrd never left the Democrat party, so you can make things up all you want. Does a person who was a Democrat suddenly change into a racist as a republican? No. I know it's hard for you to grasp, but these were Democrats who opposed it (and voted in as Democrats).

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5 minutes ago, MovieMadness said:

Robert Byrd never left the Democrat party, so you can make things up all you want. Does a person who was a Democrat suddenly change into a racist as a republican? No. I know it's hard for you to grasp, but these were Democrats who opposed it (and voted in as Democrats).

He never left because he didn't have to-- he accepted civil rights and equality of all people in the United States.

Next you'll be telling me Strom Thurmond does not have a black daughter.LMREO

 

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10 minutes ago, Princess of Tap said:

He never left because he didn't have to-- he accepted civil rights and equality of all people in the United States.

Next you'll be telling me Strom Thurmond does not have a black daughter.LMREO

 

I will never forget when "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" was sung at Strom Thurmond's  funeral. :lol:

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Only 65% of Democrats voted for the Civil Rights act while 80% of republicans did. Too bad princess, the numbers show the truth.

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14 minutes ago, MovieMadness said:

Only 65% of Democrats voted for the Civil Rights act while 80% of republicans did. Too bad princess, the numbers show the truth.

As Top-Billed said the parties were evolving. And in those days we had beautiful moderate Republicans like Nelson Rockefeller, Everett Dirksen, Charles Percy, Ed Brooke, Jacob Javits, John Lindsey and I could go on and on.

Eventually the Goldwater Revolution led by Ronald Reagan LED those people out of the party.

Just as the Civil Rights Revolution led by Lyndon Johnson led the racists out of the Democratic Party.

But Mad, you know all this. You're just trying to be funny. 

When I was growing up both political parties had people from the right and the left in them.

But eventually by the end of the late 20th century the Democratic party was totally left-wing and supporting civil rights, while the Republican party was totally right-wing and supporting voter suppression of minorities.

 Yet at the same time you could really fool some kids because they never pay attention in American history class anyway.LOL

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16 minutes ago, MovieMadness said:

Only 65% of Democrats voted for the Civil Rights act while 80% of republicans did. Too bad princess, the numbers show the truth.

You referring to moderate Republicans who are now extinct.

Not really, in Kansas we've got quite a few. But now they call themselves Democrats.

We're getting ready to put one in the Senate to replace a Republican. 

And Kansas hasn't had a Democratic senator since the 1930s. C'est la vie.

 

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20 minutes ago, hamradio said:

I will never forget when "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" was sung at Strom Thurmond's  funeral. :lol:

Were you a Strom Thurmond fan?

I thought it was hilarious that he was living in a nursing home and still serving as a US senator.

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