Published May 10, 2017
And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine…
Officials at Princeton University are considering -- removing the name and likeness of U.S. president Woodrow Wilson from campus -- after a student sit-in to protest his alleged racist legacy.
Wilson was the University's president before serving in public office.
He was known as the leader of the Progressive Movement.
But he supported racial segregation -- which was legal and public policy -- at the time.
The university also agreed to enhance cultural competency training for staff.
Critics questioned the move -- one saying quote -- "Expunging Woodrow Wilson from Princeton amounts to rewriting history -- not something a university should be doing."
Stuck on the Wrong Note
Double trouble in the classroom.
Starting in California -- a seventh-grade teacher created a song about the religion of Islam -- during a world religion lesson.
The song created a storm.
One lyric quote -- "They might only have one god -- but they can make an explosion. "
Parents protested at a school board meeting.
One told a local TV station the tune pushed students to believe -- "that maybe Allah is the only god, and maybe that they should start following him. And that I'm not ok with."
The Council for American Islamic Relations is not happy either - telling the Orange Country Register -- words like explosion are quote ‘unfortunate’ -- because they perpetuate an idea that terrorism is supported by the religion.
In Utah -- a high school has apologized to students and teachers for an assignment to create a propaganda poster for a terrorist organization.
The assignment was pulled after a parent expressed concern that their child would end up on an FBI watchlist for researching terrorist propaganda.
Finally -- a massive clerical error in Georgia.
That's how Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp describes -- a technology staffer in his office -- illegally revealing the personal identification information -- including social security and driver's license numbers -- for more than six million registered voters.
CDs with the files were sent to twelve different organizations - including media outlets and political parties.
The secretary of state claims to have recovered or destroyed all twelve discs and believes the information has not been copied or otherwise disseminated.
The employee responsible has been fired.