Princeton University strips Woodrow Wilson’s name over ‘racist thinking and policies’

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And then they came for Democrats …

On Saturday, Princeton University announced plans to rename both Wilson College and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs because of former Democrat President Woodrow Wilson’s “racist thinking and policies.”

The announcement came via a public letter from Princeton University president Christopher L. Eisgruber.

In the letter, he revealed how, on his recommendation, the school’s Board of Trustees had “concluded that Woodrow Wilson’s racist thinking and policies make him an inappropriate namesake for a school or college whose scholars, students, and alumni must stand firmly against racism in all its forms.”

Based on this ruling, some suspect Yale University will be next.

“Wilson’s racism was significant and consequential even by the standards of his own time,” Eisgruber wrote. “He segregated the federal civil service after it had been racially integrated for decades, thereby taking America backward in its pursuit of justice.”

“When a university names a school of public policy for a political leader, it inevitably suggests that the honoree is a model for students who study at the school. This searing moment in American history has made clear that Wilson’s racism disqualifies him from that role.”

Thus the Wilson School of Public and International Affairs will hereby be known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, and Wilson College will hereby be known as First College.

None of this is to say Wilson’s contributions to Princeton aren’t appreciated, Eisgruber claimed.

“Wilson remade Princeton, converting it from a sleepy college into a great research university,” he explained. “Many of the virtues that distinguish Princeton today — including its research excellence and its preceptorial system — were in significant part the result of Wilson’s leadership.”

“He went on to the American presidency and received a Nobel Prize. People will differ about how to weigh Wilson’s achievements and failures. Part of our responsibility as a University is to preserve Wilson’s record in all of its considerable complexity.”

It’s not clear though how bowing to the Black Lives Matter cult and religion by removing Wilson’s namesake helps to “preserve Wilson’s record.” And yes, Saturday’s move was driven entirely by the BLM-inspired cultural revolution sweeping America.

“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,” Eisgruber added before directly citing the case of George Floyd.

“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.”

Eisgruber clearly believes in the debunked concept of so-called “systemic racism” in law enforcement. This concept blew up after the death of Floyd, a convicted armed robber and drug addict, during an arrest last month gone horribly wrong.

The officers involved in the arrest have all been arrested and charged, with the lead suspect, disgraced former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, facing up to 40 years in prison for kneeling on Floyd’s neck during the arrest.

Note that not once in either Eisgruber’s statement or an accompanying statement from the school’s Board of Trustees was it mentioned that Wilson was a Democrat:

Princeton’s move amid the ongoing cultural revolution comes four years after, in response to initial BLM protests triggered by the justified shooting of Mike Brown, the school’s board chose to consider whether or not to conduct name changes.

At the time, the school ultimately chose to not proceed with renamings, though it did capitulate on a slew of other demands.

“While it left Wilson’s name in place, the board called ‘for an expanded and more vigorous commitment to diversity and inclusion at Princeton’ in a statement,” The New York Times reported in April of 2016.

“To that end, it endorsed the creation of a new program to diversify the ranks of its doctoral candidates, recommended that the campus’s artworks and iconography better reflect the school’s current makeup and pledged to focus ‘on aspects of Princeton’s history that have been forgotten, overlooked, subordinated or suppressed.'”

Eisgruber reportedly issued a statement at the time saying the board had decided that the best way to move forward would be “not by tearing down names from the past but rather being more honest about our history, including the bad parts of our history.”

But with BLM having since morphed into a nationwide cult that’s taken over whole government departments, multinational corporations and media conglomerates, Princeton is now going ahead and moving forward with  the final step needed to achieve so-called “diversity and inclusion.”

It seems telling though how achieving “diversity and inclusion” invariably involves the tearing down of certain things versus the uplifting of other things …

Vivek Saxena

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V. Saxena is a staff writer for BizPac Review with a decade of experience as a professional writer, and a lifetime of experience as an avid news junkie. He holds a degree in computer technology from Purdue University.
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