Princeton University says it will remove the name of former President of the United States Woodrow Wilson from a building on his campus because of his racist beliefs and policies.
The move follows a wave of protests across the United States sparked by the death of African-American man George Floyd.
Wilson was President of the United States from 1913 to 1921 and helped establish the League of Nations, the forerunner of the UN.
However, he supported segregation and imposed it on various federal agencies.
He also banned black Princeton students while serving as university president and spoke approvingly of the Ku Klux Klan.
In a separate development Saturday, the lower house of the Mississippi state congress passed a resolution that could remove the Confederate emblem, now seen by many as a racist symbol, from the state flag.
Republican Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves tweeted that he would sign a bill to change the current flag if the legislation were passed, saying that arguments over the 1894 emblem had become as divisive as the flag itself. The measure now passes to a Senate committee before going to the chamber.
Describing Princeton University’s decision on Saturday to remove Wilson’s name from a campus building, Princeton President Christopher Eisgruber said in a statement that “Wilson’s racism was significant and consistent even by the standards of your own time. “
He said the board of directors had concluded that “Wilson’s racist views and policies make him an inappropriate namesake” for the university’s school of public policy. A residential university will also lose Wilson’s name.
The name of the school will be changed to Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.
Eisgruber said Princeton had honored President Wilson “not because of his racism, but regardless or perhaps even ignorance.”
“However, that is ultimately the problem,” he added. “Princeton is part of an America that has too often ignored, ignored, or excused racism, allowing systems that discriminate against blacks to persist.”
Earlier this month, Monmouth University in New Jersey removed the Woodrow Wilson name from one of its most prominent buildings.
The deep feeling that followed the death of George Floyd has led to new demands to end institutional racism. In the United States and other countries, statues of controversial historical figures have been toppled or toppled.
However, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, signed an executive order calling for protesters targeting monuments to be jailed.
The measure says that anyone who damages a public statue must be prosecuted “to the fullest extent of the law.”