A high school in New Jersey named after former President Woodrow Wilson – a noted hyperprogressive – is changing its name over its namesake’s legacy of racism.
This story was first reported by NJ.com.
Fascinating. Wilson was a Democrat & progressive & had disdain for our Constitution. We know who his heirs are today. It should be no surprise that those heirs reject MLK’s vision that we should be judged by our character & not our skin color. https://t.co/TTkJcHYEB6
— Keith Rothfus (@KeithRothfus) November 28, 2021
Activists Petitioned To Change School Name
According to the Camden High School District, the process of renaming the high school will begin soon after activists began circulating a petition to change the school’s name for nearly a year and a half.
The school was built in 1930.
The change.org petition reads, “After years of examining the legacy of former US President Woodrow Wilson, WE have come to see that his views and actions contradict the values and diversity We see in Woodrow Wilson High School today as well as the society WE live in Camden NJ.”
“We must be honest with Our People about the truth of a School that was named after a white Supremacist who was a former US President,” the petition added. “To continue to have such a name on a school only aides as a continuous reminder of a true systemic oppression that has not only been foreseen by US as parents but also Now through the eyes of Our Children today.”
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The petition gathered more attention after the death of George Floyd and the protests that followed in the summer of 2020.
In June, Camden School District Superintendent Katrina McCombs cited community concern about the school “being named after an individual who expressed and demonstrated racist values.”
The school has not yet settled on a new name.
The move is notable in that, while the ‘woke’ crowd has gone after Confederates and even the Founding Fathers, Woodrow Wilson is perhaps the ‘founding father’ of American progressivism, at least among Presidents.
“It’s too early in the process to speculate on specific names,” a school spokesperson told NJ.com.
A New Jersey school district has restarted plans to rename Woodrow Wilson High School because of what critics call his legacy of racism. https://t.co/NFfpKGmhsR
— Newsmax (@newsmax) November 28, 2021
School Statement: ‘We are proud that our schools represent places of diversity and inclusion’
“We are proud that our schools represent places of diversity and inclusion, and we plan to increase our efforts to reshape the identity of this venerable and cherished school,” the district said in a statement to NJ.com.
“We plan to collaboratively work with current Wilson students, parents, alumni, and community leaders on an inclusive process to rename the school.”
“The district is grateful for the collaboration and support of the community on these efforts and looks forward to completing this significant project,” the statement added.
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