Only five short years after maintaining a spine against the racial agitators clamoring for the removal of President Woodrow Wilson’s name from their public policy school, Princeton University has capitulated in the Age of George Floyd. President Christopher Eisgruber decided this weekend that the school must erase the legacy of the former president, who did not stand in the way of segregationist policies within the federal government.
In a statement, Eisgruber noted Wilson’s “racist views and policies” as reason enough to remove his name from the building.
“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,” Princeton said in a statement.
One wonders how the racism that was “appropriate” five years ago has suddenly become otherwise, but that’s a degree of critical thinking that is entirely missing from today’s debate over statues, monuments, and pancake mascots.
Hilariously, the Wilson College was already set to close in two years, at which time Princeton could have easily and quietly moved beyond whatever problematic things he said or did in the past. But then, quietly and easily moving beyond such things doesn’t give you the (all-too-brief) glory of standing in front of racial instigators and claiming your anti-racist accolades, now does it?
Of course, it also doesn’t send a clear message to those agitators that you’ll bow before their demands at the drop of a hat, but apparently that’s of no concern to Princeton administrators. Perhaps they’ve already decided that they’ll just wave the white flag every time they’re challenged on any little thing. Might as well just make it official school policy.
“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 school’s 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.”
And that has what, exactly, to do with Woodrow Wilson’s name on a building? Never mind, we forgot we’re not supposed to ask those kinds of questions anymore. Decisions today are made on the basis of critical race theory and “lived experience,” not those old allies of racism, logic and facts. Our bad. We return you to your regularly scheduled dismantling of America, already in progress.