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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says he's no longer using his desk that once belonged to Woodrow Wilson

June 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

When New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted a picture of him observing a moment of silence in honor of George Floyd earlier this month, people were quick to point out that he was doing it from behind a desk that was engraved with the name of Woodrow Wilson.

(CNN)When New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted a picture of him observing a moment of silence in honor of George Floyd earlier this month, people were quick to point out that he was doing it from behind a desk that was engraved with the name of Woodrow Wilson.

Some found the image ironic because Murphy was remembering the unjust death of a Black man while sitting at a desk that once belonged to Wilson, a former New Jersey governor and US president who defended segregation and slavery.

Now, Murphy has ditched the piece of office furniture, which he said he forgot had a plaque on the front of it that read "Woodrow Wilson's Desk. "

The country is having a "reckoning," Murphy said, and "Woodrow Wilson and his legacy is being swept up in that as it should be. "

Wilson, who was the country's 28th president from 1913 to 1921, once called racial segregation a "benefit" and said slaves "were happy and well-cared for. "

Murphy's decision to switch out his desk comes after Princeton removed Wilson's name from its school of public policy and a residential college.

"Wilson's racism was significant and consequential even by the standards of his own time," Princeton President Christopher Eisgruber said in a statement this past weekend.

New Jersey's Monmouth University has also said it will remove Wilson's name from the campus's Great Hall.

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