James Comey’s ‘quiet strength’
Re “Comey’s lessons for harassed workers,” June 11
I take issue with people who criticize former FBI Director James B. Comey for the way he interacted with President Trump at the White House.
When I worked as a recreation department employee with the city of Irwindale, I wore a whistle around my neck to signal to children in the playground. After all these years, I still remember being stunned into silence when a police officer asked whether I was wearing a “rape whistle” and, “When you want to get raped, do you blow the whistle?”
Had I been “stronger,” as many said Comey should have been, I would have reported him to the city manager and the police chief. But I was too shaken to react.
I see Comey’s quiet strength in standing silently against the subtle directive by the new guy in the White House. Sadly, harassment will continue to be perpetrated by those empowered to do so. We can learn from columnist Robin Abcarian’s portrayal of the former FBI director fighting back by playing the long game, and for that I can say thanks to Comey.
Rebecca A. Barbosa Irwindale