6 Historical Figures Whose Statues SJWs Should Also Remove
After the clashes in Charlottesville, a mania against Confederate monuments has swept the country. Local leaders in various states have decided to remove statues and monuments, while at least one black pastor in Chicago has called for excising even George Washington's name from public parks, and Anonymous has planned to remove 11 statues on Friday.
One plausible response is to defend the statues. Another would be to encourage the movement to go further.
Activists who cry for the removal of Confederate statues do so on the grounds that these leaders were racist, that they hurt people based on the color of their skin or their national origin. If those are the criteria, however, why stop with the Confederacy?
Racism has a long and varied history, and certainly these social justice warriors wouldn't want to defend racists, even if they were important inventors, politicians, or scientists, right?
Here are six people whose statues should be removed, if the Left insists on that sort of thing.
1. Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924).
Woodrow Wilson, America's 28th president, wasn't just a racist. As president of Princeton University, he discouraged blacks from applying for admission. His book series History of the American People defended Ku Klux Klan lynchings in the late 1860s.
When Wilson was president, his War Department drafted black soldiers, and while it paid them the same as whites, it kept them in all-black units with white officers. When black soldiers protested, Wilson told them "segregation is not a humiliation but a benefit, and ought to be so regarded by you gentlemen."
The pro-KKK film The Birth of a Nation became the first film screened in the White House under Wilson's presidency. Under Wilson, racial segregation was implemented in the federal government, at the Post Office, and in the military.
In 2015, the University of Texas removed a statue of Wilson, along with one of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, from campus. Statues of Wilson remain, however. Many stand across Europe, a prominent one stands in Rapid City, S.D., (pictured at left in photo atop article), and his presidential library and museum gives prominence to his birthplace in Staunton, Va.