Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. What Will the Mob Do with Woodrow Wilson?

 

I’m fascinated by the defacing and destruction of statues and monuments around the world, but especially in the US. The mob seems focused largely (but obviously not exclusively) on those who served for the Confederacy during our “Great Unpleasantness.” After all, they are targets of our modern-day “Presentism,” that is, applying modern “morals” or “standards” to people and events from decades if not centuries ago. The complications and nuances of history don’t seem to matter.

But a few particular monuments seem exempt from the current “unpleasantness,” and that baffles me. Especially one particular former Governor of New Jersey, President of Princeton University, and President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson.

This particular historical figure re-segregated the military. He infamously chose “Birth of a Nation” as the first motion picture (silent) to feature at the White House. Never seen it? It glamorized the Ku Klux Klan, the militarized wing of the Democratic Party from the end of the Civil War to the Great Depression. Look up the 1924 Democratic Convention, infamously known as the “Klanbake.”

Wilson was famously reelected in 1916 under the motto, “He kept us out of war.” How did that work out? Like much of the Progressive movement of the day that infected both major political parties, he was a big fan of Eugenics.

Wilson is feted all over Washington DC and portraits and other honors can be found around Princeton University and the New Jersey State Capitol in lovely Trenton, NJ. His name adorns a terrific international organization (that I’ve worked with and is staffed with terrific people) headquartered at the Ronald Reagan International Center, a public building, near 14th and Pennsylvania Avenues in Washington DC. And President Wilson is buried at the National Cathedral in northwest Washington, at the highest point in the District. A church, by the way, that is led by the local Diocese of the Episcopal Church.

No word from anyone, including the Episcopal Church, on the future of Wilson’s “status” atop, or within, certain Washington facilities. I guess we’ll have to wait, either to see what the mob decides or whoever gets to decide the manner by which we shall erase our history. Where this ends, nobody knows. I’d be fine if we called the whole thing off.

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  1. Sisyphus Coolidge
    SisyphusJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    The pot is stirred.

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    • June 18, 2020, at 8:46 PM PDT
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  2. Nostalgic Present Coolidge

    Indeed. So much popcorn to pop.

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    • June 18, 2020, at 9:08 PM PDT
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  3. TheRightNurse Member

    Wilson is revered by the progressives. I doubt anything will come of him, just like nothing comes of any of the other sainted Democrats that are racists.

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    • June 18, 2020, at 9:21 PM PDT
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  4. Arahant Member

    It was tried about five years ago. Princeton said, “No!”

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    • June 19, 2020, at 12:26 AM PDT
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  5. Kozak Member
    KozakJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    N.J. district to rename Woodrow Wilson school, citing former president’s ‘racist values’

    Right on cue.

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    • June 19, 2020, at 3:33 AM PDT
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  6. Kozak Member
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    West Virginia.

    Your turn in the barrel

    Academia, science, and technology[edit]

     The Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope in Green Bank, West Virginia.

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    • June 19, 2020, at 4:40 AM PDT
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  7. Kozak Member
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    Commerce[edit]

    Community[edit]

    Government[edit]

    Healthcare[edit]

    Recreation and tourism[edit]

    Transportation[edit]

     The Robert C. Byrd Bridge crossing the Ohio River between Huntington, West Virginia and Chesapeake, Ohio.

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    • June 19, 2020, at 4:41 AM PDT
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  8. Arahant Member

    Kozak (View Comment):

    West Virginia.

    Your turn in the barrel

    Yeah, that’s gonna hurt.

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    • June 19, 2020, at 4:43 AM PDT
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  9. Sisyphus Coolidge
    SisyphusJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Can’t change all that, there’s not enough money left after Pelosi’s spasms to pay to update all that signage.

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    • June 19, 2020, at 4:44 AM PDT
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  10. Sisyphus Coolidge
    SisyphusJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Wait, I have a plan. We need an Executive Order directing that wherever Robert C. Byrd is written, it be read as Purple Unicorn.

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    • June 19, 2020, at 4:47 AM PDT
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  11. Gene Killian Coolidge

    His record on race relations and civil liberties was abysmal, but let’s not forget, also, that he was incapacitated for the last two years of his Presidency, yet refused to resign. He also allowed the US to be completely unprepared for a war in which committing troops to the field was virtually inevitable. And, as far as his statesmanship went, the League of Nations was a disaster. The love affair with this guy is mystifying, but I guess he’s the perfect embodiment of the modern politician: Grand ideas, increased bureaucracy, few results.

     

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    • June 19, 2020, at 12:49 PM PDT
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  12. Stad Thatcher

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Kozak (View Comment):

    West Virginia.

    Your turn in the barrel

    Yeah, that’s gonna hurt.

    I’m surprised they didn’t rename the state “Byrdland” . . .

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    • June 19, 2020, at 1:36 PM PDT
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  13. Flicker Coolidge

    Stad (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Kozak (View Comment):

    West Virginia.

    Your turn in the barrel

    Yeah, that’s gonna hurt.

    I’m surprised they didn’t rename the state “Byrdland” . . .

    They wrote a lullaby about him though.

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    • June 19, 2020, at 2:17 PM PDT
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  14. I. M. Fine Coolidge

    “Segregation is not a humiliation but a benefit, and ought to be so regarded by you gentlemen.” — Woodrow Wilson

    His record and his beliefs are indefensible. The obstacle is the office. Congress and generals are one thing, but can we really mount an honest reevaluation of a twentieth-century president? I am hoping we will try. 

     

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    • June 19, 2020, at 6:02 PM PDT
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  15. philo Member

    I. M. Fine (View Comment): …but can we really mount an honest reevaluation of a twentieth-century president?

    Those of his era and ilk didn’t hesitate to mount a dishonest one of a ninteenth-century president. 

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    • June 19, 2020, at 6:25 PM PDT
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  16. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… Thatcher

    The people who are tearing down statutes and renaming will have no problem doing so with Woodrow Wilson. This is not D v R, or conservative v progressive. Their viewpoint is completely outside those realms. 

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    • June 20, 2020, at 9:41 AM PDT
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