An MSNBC host said the FBI headquarters should scrub its name honoring a “racist tyrant” and instead call it the “Stacey Abrams Building.”
“Changing the name of our premier law enforcement agency so that it doesn’t honor a racist tyrant who trampled civil liberties, I don’t know, seems like a pretty logical step to me,” Tiffany Cross said on The Cross Connection Saturday, speaking of the nation’s first FBI director, J. Edgar Hoover.
“He lorded over the FBI as its first director for nearly 50 years, and he spent much of the 1950s and ’60s obsessively trying to derail the civil rights movement, using tactics like illegal wiretaps, warrantless searches, and other dirty tricks to spy on movement leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hoover’s FBI even sent Dr. King an anonymous letter, attempting to blackmail him into committing suicide,” Cross said, adding that Hoover was a misogynist and homophobic.
MSNBC’s @TiffanyDCross proposes renaming the FBI’s headquarters “The Stacey Abrams Building.”:
“If one woman could swear off against a whole system who tried to suppress, oppress, and depress the descendants of the people who built this country, for free.” pic.twitter.com/2YVh6k3D83
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer)
March 14, 2021
Cross said she could spend “hours” discussing Hoover’s leadership at the FBI, or “we can step into 2021 and rededicate the building to someone deserving.”
“How about: the Stacey Abrams Building. If one woman could square off against a whole system that tried to suppress, oppress, and depress the descendants of the people who built this country, for free, and who again managed to save the country from itself, then surely, we can dedicate the building representing equal protection under law after a real political warrior.”
Rep. Gerry Connolly, a Virginia Democrat, proposed renaming the building in a bill submitted Feb. 25.
“He was a racist who went after Martin Luther King in extraordinary ways. He was a homophobe. He was a misogynist,” he added. “He was somebody who even denied the existence of the mafia for decades, allowing organized crime to get a toehold here in the United States. It’s time we renamed that building after somebody who deserves it.”
The bill would establish a renaming commission and provide recommendations based on “racial, ethnic, and gender diversity,” “honoring living persons when appropriate.”