We all knew this new woke movement would bring a day when past presidents’ names would be removed from buildings and their monuments would be taken down permanently.
Well, that day has come, with Princeton University striking the first blow.
On Saturday, Princeton University confirmed that former President Woodrow Wilson’s name will be removed from its public policy school and residential college.
By the standards of his time, Woodrow Wilson was considered a progressive.
By today’s standards, that is far from the case, but should he be judged by today’s standards or the standards that were in place more than a century ago when he was president?
Princeton has decided that today’s standards will do nicely and, therefore, has designated Woodrow Wilson as a racist.
A statement from the school read, “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 school could have waited two years, as the buildings were going to be closed anyway, but it wanted to make a statement now for its existing students.
The statement continued, “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.
“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.”
Was Woodrow Wilson a Racist?
That is the question that will be posed to all historians for the immediate future.
Now also on that list are former Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Taft.
The biggest knock against Wilson was that he allowed segregation to continue on his watch.
While he did not segregate directly, he allowed his cabinet members to segregate their officers to their own liking.
While he did pay African Americans serving this country the same as white soldiers, he did allow them to continue to be segregated in all-black units.
Wilson, however, is also credited with the early beginnings of modern-day liberalism, so there is no real clear-cut answer here.
However, the one thing Wilson has against him is that he was a southerner, born and partially educated in Virginia.
He was a member of the south when it was still segregated, and this is just about all it takes these days to be labeled as a racist by today’s standards.
Source: Fox News