Democratic Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly said on Saturday that the FBI’s headquarters should no longer be named after J. Edgar Hoover.
“J. Edgar Hoover was a malign character in American history. He was a racist who went after Martin Luther King in extraordinary ways. He was a homophobe. He was a misogynist,” Connolly said on MSNBC.
J. Edgar Hoover was a malign character in American history. He was a documented racist, homophobe, and misogynist. He went after Dr. King in extraordinarily ruthless ways.
It’s time to rename the FBI headquarters after somebody who deserves it. https://t.co/9YJnYVF8V1
— Rep. Gerry Connolly (@GerryConnolly) March 13, 2021
Connolly introduced a bill in February that would establish a commission to explore renaming the FBI building. Connolly called Hoover “no role model for any time, and certainly not this one” upon introducing the bill. (RELATED: The FBI Once Sent MLK A Letter Telling Him To Kill Himself)
Hoover joined what was then the Bureau of Investigation in 1921, and served as director of the FBI from 1924 until his death in 1972. He is credited with modernizing American law enforcement through the use of forensics, but has been criticized for his domestic surveillance operations against civil rights leaders and left-wing activists.