US former President Woodrow Wilson name removed from Princeton college
Board of Trustees concludes that Wilson’s racist views and policies make him an inappropriate namesake for the School of Public and International Affairs and residential college.
Iran Press/America: After years of activist demands and administrative resistance, Princeton University announced on Saturday that its governing board had voted to strip Woodrow Wilson's name from its public-policy school, now to be known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.
The decision which cites Wilson's racist views and legacy comes amid national protests over police violence toward Black Americans.
Four years ago, the university made the high-profile decision to leave Wilson's name on the school. But in his announcement of the name change, Princeton's president, Christopher L. Eisgruber, noted that times had changed.
"When a university names a school of public policy for a political leader," Eisgruber wrote, "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."
In removing Wilson's name from the school, Princeton joins a host of campuses nationwide that are swiftly renaming buildings and removing Confederate statues in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Thomas Woodrow Wilson was the 28th president of the United States from 1913 to 1921. 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.
The death of George Floyd, 46, a black man who died on 25 May after he was pinned down by a white Minnesota police officer, has sparked outrage and protests in Minneapolis, across the United States, and around the world and show one of the US old problems; human rights violation, police brutality and racism especially against African Americans.