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Princeton says it will remove President Woodrow Wilson's name from public policy school

Decision based on Wilson's pro-segregation views
Princeton says it will remove President Woodrow Wilson's name from public policy school
Posted at 11:44 AM, Jun 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-27 14:44:10-04

PRINCETON, N.J. — Princeton University has announced plans to remove the name of former President Woodrow Wilson from its public policy school because of his segregationist views, reversing a decision the Ivy League school made four years ago to retain the name.

University president Christopher Eisgruber said in a letter to the school community Saturday that the board of trustees had concluded that “Wilson’s racist views and policies make him an inappropriate namesake” for Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs and the residential college.

Eisgruber said the trustees reversed their April 2016 decision in light of the recent killings of George Floyd and others. Floyd's death sparked weeklong protests against systemic racism and police brutality.