Racist thinking and policies of the former president make him an inappropriate namesake

Princeton University will remove Woodrow Wilson’s name from its public policy school over “racist thinking and policies” the former president had championed, the university says.

The university’s Board of Trustees approved the name change on Friday. In a letter, trustees said long-standing questions over Wilson’s history of supporting segregationist policies were “made more urgent” by the recent high-profile killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks.

Trustees noted that Wilson infamously segregated the nation’s civil service after decades of racial integration. That legacy, trustees concluded, was not befitting a school geared toward public service.

“We have taken this extraordinary step because we believe that Wilson’s racist thinking and policies make him an inappropriate………READ MORE