MICHELLE Obama has congratulated Princeton University for removing former US President Woodrow Wilson’s name from its prestigious public affairs school.
The former first lady said on Monday she was “heartened” by her alma mater’s decision to strip the name because of what the university said was his “racist thinking and policies.”
Former first lady Michelle Obama praised Princeton University’s ‘heartful’ decision to remove Woodrow Wilson’s name from its campus[/caption]
The college’s Board of Trustees voted to rename its public policy school on Friday because of Wilson’s ‘racist thinking and policies’[/caption]
“Heartened to see my alma mater making this change, and even prouder of the students who’ve been advocating for this kind of change on campus for years,” she tweeted.
“Let’s keep finding ways to be more inclusive to all students – at Princeton and at every school across the country.”
Obama graduated from Princeton in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.
Her praise came hours after President Donald Trump ripped Princeton for its “incredible stupidity” in dropping Wilson’s name from their “highly respected” school.
“Can anyone believe that Princeton just dropped the name of Woodrow Wilson from their highly respected policy center,” he tweeted on Monday morning.
He also bashed Democrats in California for attempting to remove actor John Wayne’s name from Santa Ana Airport in Orange County.
Local officials cite a recently resurfaced 1971 Playboy interview, in which Wayne espoused offensive views of Black and Native people and said: “I believe in white supremacy.”
“Now the Do Nothing Democrats want to take off the name John Wayne from an airport,” Trump said.
Princeton announced its controversial decision on Saturday, a day after its Board of Trustees voted to remove Wilson’s name from the campus.
In a letter shared on the college’s website, Princeton University President Christopher L. Einsgruber revealed the name change was spurred by the recent killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
He said Wilson’s “racist views and policies” made him “an inappropriate namesake” for the School of Public and International Affairs.
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“When a university names a school of public policy for a political leader, it inevitably suggests that the honoree is a model for students who study at the school,” Einsgruber wrote.
“This searing moment in American history has made clear that Wilson’s racism disqualifies him from that role.”
The letter noted that students at the top-tier school in New Jersey had been calling for the removal of Wilson’s name since 2015.