Princeton University to remove Woodrow Wilson’s name from school over his 'racist thinking and policies'

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PRINCETON, N.J. (1010 WINS) – Princeton University announced Saturday that it is removing former President Woodrow Wilson’s name from its public policy school because of his “racist thinking and policies.”

“We have taken this extraordinary step because we believe that Wilson’s racist thinking and policies make him an inappropriate namesake for a school whose scholars, students, and alumni must be firmly committed to combatting the scourge of racism in all its forms,” the university’s board of trustees said in a statement.

The statement continues: "We must ... ask whether it is acceptable for this University’s school of public affairs to bear the name of a racist who segregated the nation’s civil service after it had been integrated for decades."

The board of trustees voted Friday to remove Wilson’s name from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, which will now be called the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.

A residential college that had Wilson’s name will also be renamed First College.

Students at the Ivy League university have protested over the name for years, protests that intensified in recent weeks amid nationwide demonstations over racism.

“We condemn this School’s complicity in this country’s violent history of white supremacy through its perpetuation of the legacy and iconography of Woodrow Wilson,” students wrote in a petition this month, according to the Princetonian.