The New York Times editorial page (insert guffaws here) has just discovered, a few days after the brightest and best at Princeton, what conservatives have known for decades: Woodrow Wilson was a racist! They still haven’t been able to connect the dots between Wilson’s racism and his progressive ideology, nor grasp the irony that Wilson was merely aiming to provide blacks with a “safe space,” as we say nowadays. We know liberals are slow learners, but this is embarrassing, unless the Times is planning to announce tomorrow that it has in fact decided to compete with The Onion.
Anyway, quoth the Times:
Student protesters at Princeton performed a valuable public service last week when they demanded that the administration acknowledge the toxic legacy of Woodrow Wilson, who served as university president and New Jersey governor before being elected to the White House. He was an unapologetic racist whose administration rolled back the gains that African-Americans achieved just after the Civil War, purged black workers from influential jobs and transformed the government into an instrument of white supremacy. . . The overwhelming weight of the evidence argues for rescinding the honor that the university bestowed decades ago on an unrepentant racist.
To repeat—the Times is just learning of this now? Can’t wait to see what the Times thinks when they read through the thoughts of Oliver Wendell Holmes. And have they heard: FDR locked up 120,000 ethnic Japanese once upon a time.
A Colorado pal, Sean Paige, supplies the obvious comment:
The New York Times twice endorsed Woodrow Wilson for President, in 1912 and 1916, since we’re dragging skeletons out of the closet, so perhaps the newspaper owes the public a retraction — maybe even a formal apology? — for supporting someone it now condemns as a racist scoundrel. If we’re going to retroactively denounce and damn the dead for past crimes against political correctness, perhaps we should also denounce the Gray Lady — its owners and editors and writers — as complicit in the wrongs Wilson did. Sure, it would now like to whitewash (so to speak) this ugly piece of history, by walking-back its former support for Wilson. But who’s buying it?
Indeed—the New York Times deserves to be punished for its racist past!
And when are we going to get around to Washington and Lee University? Thomas Jefferson statues at the University of Virginia? Why stop there? Why not dismantle the Jefferson Memorial on the Washington Mall?
By the time we get done de-naming colleges, we’ll have achieved the point where life imitates art: