James Comey’s ‘quiet strength’

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

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

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