(PresidentialWire.com)- Nearly 18 months after announcing the change, the Camden school district in New Jersey has restarted the process of renaming Woodrow Wilson High School.
The idea which began in 2019 picked up steam after the racism panic prompted by the Black Lives Matter riots in the summer of 2020. Community members and the Camden school district floated the idea of renaming the 90-year-old school over concerns that Woodrow Wilson “expressed and demonstrated racist values.”
“Racist values” seems like an oxymoron.
There is no doubt that Wilson was a flaming racist. But he was also a radical progressive Democrat whose views are embraced by progressive Democrats even today, which is why they were willing to overlook his rabid racism for so long.
A “renaming committee” consisting of over one hundred members was formed in June 2020, consisting of parents, local activists, and school administrators. Included among the names floated to replace Wilson was former President Barack Obama and the late Congressman John Lewis. The committee also suggested leaving famous people out of it, offering instead names like East High School or Camden East.
The district put the plans on hold at the end of the summer in 2020, saying it had to focus on the upcoming school year given all the COVID-19 restrictions. But in late October of this year, the process started back up.
As yet the renaming process is still in the early stages. According to a school spokesman, no new school names have been considered as yet. The spokesman added that Camden schools “represent places of diversity and inclusion,” so they plan to consider that when they “reshape the identity” of the school.
It’s going to be Ibram X. Kendi High School, isn’t it?
Democrat Woodrow Wilson, a Virginia native who served as President of Princeton University, became governor of New Jersey in 1911. He served two terms as President of the United States from 1913 to 1921.
Among the radical changes made by Wilson during his presidency was establishing the Federal Reserve. That alone is reason to strip Woodrow Wilson’s name from every building in the country.
In 2020, Wilson’s name was removed from Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs and Wilson College over the progressive’s “racist thinking and policies.”
Woodrow Wilson High School was first built as a junior high school in 1930 and converted to a high school three years later.