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US New Jersey governor no longer using Woodrow Wilson's desk

23:55  30 june  2020
23:55  30 june  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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© From Twitter/ Governor Phil Murphy New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted this picture of him taking a moment of silence for George Floyd on June 4 as he Now, Murphy has ditched the piece of office furniture, which he said he forgot had a plaque on the front of it that read " Woodrow Wilson ' s Desk ."

TRENTON, New Jersey -- New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy confirmed Monday he quit using former President Woodrow Wilson ' s desk at his office in Trenton, citing a "reckoning" on race occurring nationwide. Wilson , who served as New Jersey 's governor and later U.S. president, and his legacy

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) has ended his use of a desk formerly owned by Woodrow Wilson as reassessments of the United States' racial history have led to fresh scrutiny of the former governor and 28th president's racist policies.

Philip D. Murphy wearing a suit and tie: New Jersey governor no longer using Woodrow Wilson's desk © Getty Images New Jersey governor no longer using Woodrow Wilson's desk

Social media took notice of the desk when Murphy tweeted a picture of himself behind it observing a moment of silence for George Floyd, the unarmed Black man killed in police custody in Minneapolis in May, leading some to point out the irony, as Wilson oversaw the re-segregation of the federal workforce and hosted a screening of the pro-Ku Klux Klan film "Birth of a Nation" at the White House.

Princeton University removes Woodrow Wilson's name from school due to president's 'racist thinking, policies'

  Princeton University removes Woodrow Wilson's name from school due to president's 'racist thinking, policies' Princeton University removes Woodrow Wilson's name from school due to president's 'racist thinking, policies'Student protests at Princeton in November 2015 called attention to Wilson's racism, and school officials responded by forming an Ad hoc committee, chaired by Brent Henry '69, to study Wilson's legacy at Princeton.

The governor confirmed he is no longer using the former president' s desk at his office in Trenton. Wilson was governor of New Jersey from 1911 to 1913. Murphy initially said he hadn't considered the matter and that Wilson ' s desk was simply the desk that New Jersey governors have

In 1910, Woodrow Wilson was elected governor of New Jersey , where he fought machine politics and garnered national attention as a progressive reformer. In 1912, the Democrats nominated Wilson for president, selecting Thomas Marshall (1854-1925), the governor of Indiana

Murphy said he had forgotten the desk bore a plaque identifying it as belonging to Wilson and reportedly said in a news conference Monday, "As soon as I could get a replacement, which was not as easy as I thought, I got one and I think that was the right thing to do."

The governor said that amid the "reckoning" on race in America, "Woodrow Wilson and his legacy is being swept up in that, as it should be."

Higher education in the Garden State is also reassessing Wilson, who served as president of Princeton University from 1902 to 1910, during which time he denied admittance to Black men. The university announced over the weekend it would remove Wilson's name from its school of public policy.

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Woodrow Wilson Revisited," at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in Princeton, N . J .Mel Evans. Phil Murphy is no longer using the desk Woodrow Wilson used when he was governor of New Jersey .

Local coverage from New Jersey . A quote from Woodrow Wilson that appeared in D.W. Griffith's Wilson College and the School of Public and International Policy will no longer be named after Princeton University will remove Woodrow Wilson ' s name from its public policy school and one of its

"Wilson's racism was significant and consequential 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, thereby taking America backward in its pursuit of justice. He not only acquiesced in but added to 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 U.S. history has largely involved those associated with the Confederacy, recent weeks have also seen the removal of Philadelphia's statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo (D) as well as the renaming of the University of Cincinnati's baseball stadium to remove the name of former Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott.

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