Zaid Jilani on Princeton's decision to remove Wilson's name from public policy school

Journalist Zaid Jilani addressed Princeton University's decision to remove former President Woodrow Wilson's name from its public policy school Monday on Hill.TV's "Rising."

Speaking with Saagar Enjeti and guest host Ryan Grim of The Intercept, Jilani said that many of the figures now targeted in the wake of George Floyd's death were seen as uncontroversial just weeks ago.

"I think people feel like they have to express some kind of cultural respect or racial respect towards things that a few weeks ago were not seen as very problematic," he said.

Princeton's board of trustees voted to remove Wilson's name from the university's School of Public and International Affairs, while the school's president explained in a letter why the former president's legacy of stopping integration in the federal government led to the decision.

"He not only acquiesced in but added to the persistent practice of racism in this country, a practice that continues to do harm today," wrote Princeton's president.

Watch the interview with Jilani above.