Rot in the Marble
When Honored Leaders Held and Even Promoted Some of the Least Honorable Attitudes of Their Times
The Atlantic has published a series of articles and facilitated several forums addressing the controversy, centered at Princeton University, over President Woodrow Wilson’s attitudes toward race.
In “The Racist Legacy of Woodrow Wilson,” Dick Lehr provides an account of the historical incident that has become a focal point in discussing Wilson’s attitudes toward race:
“The Black Justice League, in protests on Princeton University’s campus, has drawn wider attention to an inconvenient truth about the university’s ultimate star: Woodrow Wilson. The Virginia native was racist, a trait largely overshadowed by his works as Princeton’s president, as New Jersey’s governor, and, most notably, as the 28th president of the United States.
“As president, Wilson oversaw unprecedented segregation in federal offices. It’s a shameful side to his legacy that came to a head one fall afternoon in…
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