Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Mass.: A lawmaker said the State House’s General Hooker sign is ‘tone deaf.’ Social media responded

A state elected official is facing blowback on social media after she called for a State House sign dedicated to Civil War General Joseph Hooker to be taken down or modified because she believes his last name is a “double entendre.”

On Wednesday, as students from around the state marched on Beacon Hill as part of the national “Walk Out” protests to call attention to gun violence, state Representative Michelle DuBois posted a photograph of the “General Hooker Entrance” sign on the building to social media and called it “tone deaf” and “patriarchal.”

“Are you a ‘General Hooker’? Of course not!” DuBois, who represents Brockton, West Bridgewater, and East Bridgewater, wrote on Facebook.

DuBois tied the name “Hooker,” a term that’s commonly used to describe a female sex worker, to the “Me Too” movement, and said the golden-lettered sign should be removed.

The entrance to the State House is named after Joseph Hooker, a major general and commander who was born in Hadley and was part of the Peninsula Campaign and the Battle of Antietam during the Civil War, according to a biography on History.com.

Historians recall Hooker “as the Union general who led 138,000 troops to bloody defeat” by Confederate General Robert E. Lee during the Battle of Chancellorsville in 1863, according to Globe archives.

Criticism about DuBois’s stance on the issue was swift on social media, with many arguing that her attempt to politicize the sign was misguided.

“I would consider taking this [tweet] down and doing some homework,” one person wrote. “If you don’t do that I would consider resigning. This is an embarrassment and you should be ashamed for your constituents.”



Stan B said...

This is the kind of nonsense you get when you strip History Classes down to "America Bad, Primitive Cultures Superior." With no context, they say really ill-informed things about non-issues.

Bird of Paradise said...

Dubois just learned the meaning of Open Mouth and insert foot i suppose this ding-bat would want to renamed for Trayvon Martin or Micheal Brown perhaps for Barack Obama she needs to know the meaning of A Closed Mouth Gathers No Foot

Unknown said...

I live in this state, and this type of thinking is typical of the pc democrat majority. Sad