Earlier today, state Rep. Michelle DuBuois (D-10th Plymouth - Brockton, West Bridgewater and East Bridgewater), tweeted a photo of high-school students protesting guns outside the State House's General Hooker Entrance and asked:
R U a “General Hooker”? Of course not! Yet the main entrance of the Mass State House says otherwise.
#Metoo it’s not all about rape & harassment but also women’s dignity A “funny” double entendre misrepresented as respect for a long dead general?
1 Keep statue
2 Take sign down
No way. I've seen teenboys tease teengirls about being “general hookers” waiting in line at the entrance. Sign is out of context & either Gen’s his first name should be added or change the entrance name. This change is not a priority for me but I do think it should and will happen
The entrance and statue are meant to honor Joseph Hooker, a Hadley native who rose to major general before losing a key battle against Lee that let Lee continue onto Gettysburg.