Confederate statues and symbols linked to the United States’ history of racism, including the confederacy and the horrific enslavement of Africans, have faced removal in recent years.
But now leaders and activists are turning their attention more specifically to the racist actors throughout the nation’s long history of oppression. A poignant and recent example is the call to change the name of the the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
In 2020, Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen introduced bill H.R. 7829 that would officially rename the building to the “Federal Bureau of Investigation Building.” Additionally, Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly introduced H.R. 7865 that would establish the National Commission on Renaming the J. Edgar Hoover FBI Headquarters Building Act.
Now in 2021, there is a renewed call to take former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover‘s name off the FBI building. Hoover’s name was placed there in 1972 months after his death.
It was also the same year Shirley Chisholm ran for president.