New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D) stopped using a desk formerly owned by Woodrow Wilson, as reevaluations of America’s racial history have led to new scrutiny of the former governor and racist policies of the 28th president.
Social media took notice of the desk when Murphy tweeted a photo of him behind him, observing a moment of silence for George Floyd, the unarmed black man killed in police custody in Minneapolis in May, prompting some to point out the irony, while Wilson supervised the situation. re-segregation of the federal workforce and organized a screening of the pro-Ku Klux Klan film “Birth of a Nation” at the White House.
Murphy said he had forgotten that the desk had a plaque identifying him as belonging to Wilson and reportedly said at a press conference on Monday: “As soon as I was able to get a replacement, which was not as easy as I thought, I got one and I think it was the right thing to do. “
The governor said that in the midst of “reckoning” on race in the United States, “Woodrow Wilson and his legacy are being swept up on that, as it should be.”
Higher education at Garden State is also reevaluating Wilson, who served as president of Princeton University from 1902 to 1910, during which he denied admission to black men. The university announced over the weekend that it would remove Wilson’s name from his school of public policy.
“Wilson’s racism was significant and consistent even by the standards of his own time,” Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber said in a statement. “He segregated the federal civil service after it had been racially integrated for decades, thus leading the United States backward in its quest for justice. He not only agreed but joined the persistent practice of racism in this country, a practice that continues to do harm today. “
While the removal or renaming of historical figures associated with racism in the history of the United States has greatly involved those associated with the Confederacy, the removal of the statue of the former ex has also been seen in recent weeks. Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo (D) of Philadelphia, as well as the University’s name change The Cincinnati Baseball Stadium will remove the name of former Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott.