Democratic State Rep Triggered By State House’s General Hooker Entrance Sign

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A Democratic state representative from Brockton who made headlines a year ago when she took to social media to alert her constituents about a rumored Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid is in the news once again, this time for firing off a Facebook post calling for the removal of the sign marking the Massachusetts State House’s General Hooker entrance. 

State Representative Michelle DuBois, who was noticeably active on social media Wednesday praising the high school students who marched to Beacon Hill as part of an anti-gun movement, apparently noticed the General Hooker entrance sign adorning the State House’s Beacon Street entryway — outside of which a towering statue depicts Hooker atop his horse — in several student photos. DuBois complained that the sign is “tone deaf” and “patriarchal.” 

 

DuBois’s connecting of the Hooker surname with the slang word used to denote a sex worker ignores the Hadley-born Hooker’s services fighting on behalf of the Union states during the Civil War. DuBois did, however, call for Hooker’s statue to remain — it is apparently the sign above the State House’s most-used entrance that is a cause of concern for her. 

DuBois, who cited the “Me Too” movement in her post, also engaged with users on Twitter and claimed she had seen “teenboys tease teengirls about being ‘general hookers'” while waiting in line at the entrance:

On Facebook, DuBois recommended using the State House’s Ashburton Street entrance:

 

 

DuBois’s posts regarding the General Hooker entrance have drawn coverage from local television news outlets like CBS Boston, print media including the Boston Globeand the Worcester-based Turtleboy Sports blog.

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