Princeton to remove Wilson's name
Princeton University has announced plans to remove the name of former President Woodrow Wilson from its public policy school because of his segregationist views, reversing a decision the Ivy League school made four years ago to retain the name. University President Christopher Eisgruber said in a letter to the school community that the board of trustees had concluded that "Wilson's racist views and policies make him an inappropriate namesake" for Princeton's School of Public and International Affairs and the residential college. Wilson, governor of New Jersey from 1911 to 1913 and then U.S. president from 1913 to 1921, supported segregation and imposed it on several federal agencies not racially divided up to that point. He also barred black students from Princeton while serving as university president and spoke approvingly of the Ku Klux Klan. Earlier this month, Monmouth University removed Wilson's name from one of its most prominent buildings. The superintendent of the Camden school district also announced plans to rename Woodrow Wilson High School.
Mississippi setting stage for new flag
Spectators at the Mississippi Capitol broke into applause Saturday as lawmakers took the first steps toward erasing the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, a symbol that has come under intensifying criticism in recent weeks. The House voted by more than the required two-thirds majority to suspend legislative deadlines and file a bill to change the flag. Debate could begin as soon as Sunday. For the first time, GOP Gov. Tate Reeves said that he would sign a bill to change the flag if the GOP-controlled Legislature sends him one. He had previously said that he would not veto one — a more passive stance. A bill will only need a simple majority to pass the House and Senate. A commission would design a new flag that cannot include the Confederate battle emblem but must include the phrase "In God We Trust."