Post by Graveyardbride on Mar 20, 2018 21:21:31 GMT -5
Massachusetts Lawmaker Objects to ‘General Hooker Entrance’ at State House
A Massachusetts state legislator is objecting to an entrance to the State House in Boston named for Civil War General Joseph Hooker. State Rep. Michelle DuBois (D-Brockton) tweeted a message that called the “General Hooker Entrance” to the government building a “double entendre misrepresented as respect for a long-dead general.” DuBois told WBZ “female staffers don’t use that entrance because the sign is offensive to them.”
Then she tweeted “R U a ‘General Hooker’? Of course not! Yet the main entrance of the Mass State House says otherwise.” However, DuBois attempted to clarify that she is not objecting to the presence of a statue of Hooker, just that the name of the entrance should be changed. It would be acceptable if “Joseph” were added to the “General Hooker Entrance,” she told WWLP.
DuBois went on to praise Hooker for his service to the United States by linking a subsequent Twitter post to a Boston Globe article that outlined his accomplishments. She has no objections to a statue of Hooker outside the building and said it should stay in place, however, she claimed the sign has been the source of jokes toward both female staffers and visitors.
State leaders, however, indicate the sign will not be changed.
Hooker, a well-known Union general from Massachusetts, is best-known for the 1863 Battle of Chancellorsville at which he was resoundingly defeated by the Confederate Army under the command of General Robert E. Lee.