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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) has ended his use of a desk formerly owned by Woodrow Wilson as reassessments of America’s racial history have led to fresh scrutiny of the former governor and 28th president’s racist policies.

Social media took notice of the desk when Murphy tweeted a picture of himself behind it observing a moment of silence for George Floyd, the unarmed Black man killed in police custody in Minneapolis in May, leading some to point out the irony, as Wilson oversaw the re-segregation of the federal workforce and hosted a screening of the pro-Ku Klux Klan film “Birth of a Nation” at the White House.

Murphy said he had forgotten the desk bore a plaque identifying it as belonging to Wilson, and reportedly said in a news conference Monday, “As soon as I could get a replacement, which was not as easy as I thought, I got one and I think that was the right thing to do.”

The governor said that amid the “reckoning” on race in America, "Woodrow Wilson and his legacy is being swept up in that, as it should be."

Higher education in the Garden State is also reassessing Wilson, who served as president of Princeton University from 1902-1910, during which time he denied admittance to Black men. The university announced over the weekend it would remove Wilson’s name from its school of public policy.

"Wilson's racism was significant and consequential even by the standards of his own time," Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber said in a statement. “He segregated the federal civil service after it had been racially integrated for decades, thereby taking America backward in its pursuit of justice. He not only acquiesced in but added to the persistent practice of racism in this country, a practice that continues to do harm today."

While the removal or renaming of historical figures associated with racism in U.S. history has largely involved those associated with the Confederacy, recent weeks have also seen the removal of Philadelphia’s statue of former mayor and police chief Frank Rizzo (D), as well as the renaming of the University of Cincinnati’s baseball stadium to remove the name of former Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott.

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Mike Trouts mom makes powerful COVID-19 statement using photo of son rounding bases in mask

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Mom is always right, and Mike Trout’s mother is no exception.

With the majority of the country fighting a sudden resurgence in COVID-19 cases, there is no simpler action one can take to help out than wearing a mask to limit the spread of the virus. Doing so isn’t necessarily comfortable, but serves as a way to protect our neighbors.

On Sunday, a photo of Mike Trout running the bases with a mask on emerged, and his own mother used it as a public service announcement. In an ideal world, there would be no hesitation to keep a safe distance and wear a mask in any public appearance, but that hasn’t been the case thus far in the United States.

Mike Trout’s mom posted a photo of her son rounding the bases with a mask on as a public service announcement.

Trout has expressed concern about playing during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially because his wife is pregnant. Putting her, and his unborn child, at significant risk is not something Trout took into account when signing his record-breaking contract, and who can blame him?

— Debbie Trout (@DebbieTrout27) July 5, 2020

Trout’s unwillingness to commit to play the season despite showing up at Angels camp brought to light the internal conflict of many players in similar situations. This, along with stars such as Atlanta Braves’ slugger Freddie Freeman’s own battle with COVID-19, suddenly put a face on the pandemic for many ball-players who’d been told they were far too healthy to have anything to worry about.

But as younger generations become more susceptible to a virus that, to this point, doesn’t have a legitimate vaccine, athletes who are now forced to earn their living in the public eye face the same risks.

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Trout and other MLB players should be respected regardless of their decisions, and the four-time AL MVP has to this point proven himself an excellent ambassador of public health for his own generation, and beyond.

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