Wednesday, November 25, 2015

No longer "The Honorable"

Woodrow Wilson has been exposed for the racist, self-obsessed, mediocre man he was.

Thank you to Joyce Carol Oates for her historical fiction The Accursed, in which Wilson plays a major role and comes across as a pathetic narcissist.

Thank you to the students of Princeton University for protesting publicly because their School of Public and International Affairs still bears the name of this man.

Thank you to the New York Times for publishing an editorial, "The Case Against Woodrow Wilson," supporting the renaming of this school.

Oates spent nearly thirty years researching, writing, setting aside, and writing again for this fictionalized account of racists including Wilson in the early 1900s at Princton Seminary, 

As James Russell Lowell once wrote, in a poem that is now a hymn:

Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne,—
Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own.

In other words, truth will out.

"Once to Every Man and Nation" on YouTube

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