The Legacy Of President Woodrow Wilson's Controversial Legacy

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Woodrow Wilson controversial legacy
Controversial figures are present in almost all locations, even at Princeton University. President Woodrow Wilson known for his fourteen points and love for world peace was also known to be a racist. Thus, it's no surprise that on November 18th, 2015 a group known as the Black Justice League protested inequality in Princeton by demanding that the University to "strip the name and imagery of Woodrow Wilson from all of its institutions and buildings"
. By demanding the removal of Wilson, the BJL are forcing Princeton and its students to challenge their notion of racism and how the past is still lingering in the future. Eddie Glaude, a professor in Princeton acknowledges that the BLJ demand is not an attack
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The decision to keep Woodrow Wilson as part of Princeton University was correct because its acknowledges Wilson achievement but also allows Princeton to acknowledge his faults.
To understand the JLB, it is important to know what Woodrow Wilson did to African American during his lifetime. During Wilson Campaign, many African American loved him for he promised that under his leadership that the [negro] could count upon me for absolute fair dealing and for everything by which I could assist in advancing the interests of their race. Thus many African American voted for him and some even still defended him during his presidency. But, as his presidency progressed his true southern route emerged. Wilson administration impose federal segregation, beginning with the Post Office with separated restrooms and lunchrooms
. Later, many African Americans and other liberal allies would protest only to be ignored. According to a meeting Wilson had with Monroe Trotter, Woodrow Wilson believed that "Segregation is not humiliating, but a benefit".
By viewing segregation as a benefit instead of an act of suppression, Wilson shows he never had an intention of helping Africans. Proof of his unwillingness to help African American can even be seen when Wilson was President of Princeton. During his role as Princeton President, he would not allow acceptance of black students and even discourage them from
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At the end of the Great War, Wilson hopes to bring peace and prosperity to Europe. On January 8, 1918, Wilson introduces his fourteen points in front of Congress. The fourteen points had rules that regulated the causes of war, for example, point one calls for "no private international understandings of any kind but diplomacy shall proceed always frankly and in the public view" or no secret alliance. Another point allows free trade and safety of traveling by international sea. Point six to thirteen allows the creation of nations formed by the people who were attacked during the invasion of the Central Powers. Additionally, advocated peace for Germany and allows no grudge to inhibit its future. Sadly, the fourteen point was rejected by the allies and only point 14 was accepted. Point 14 created the League of Nation the precursor of the United Nations. The League of Nation was the only point accepted by the allies since it would maintain peace by providing rules surrounding international affairs and manage conflict worldwide. Even though the United States never joined the League of Nation, Wilson won a noble peace prize because the League of nations was the first of its kind to advocated world peace. Civic engagement is the act of doing something to solve a problem and just like the JLB, Wilson was participating in civic engagement to promote world peace for the safety of his country and the

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