Students Chant ‘Get Out James Comey You Ain’t My Homie’ During His Speech at Howard University

Former FBI director James Comey’s speech at Howard University’s convocation ceremony was met with students chanting and protesting this past Friday. Comey was delivering a speech to welcome new students to the historically black university, but protesters interrupted him for the majority of the address. Some of the protest chants included “No justice, no peace,” “We shall not be moved,” and “White supremacy is not a debate.”
At one point, Comey was forced to stand silently at his podium, in front of an auditorium full of thousands of students as they shouted, “I love being black” and “Get out James Comey, you’re not our homie.” Reported

According to freshman Howard student Nayla Hale, a member of campus organization HU Resist, the protests were in response to remarks Comey made in 2015 about the so-called “Ferguson Effect,” a phenomenon in which police officers admit to making fewer traffic stops or engaging in certain situations out of fear of being filmed and going viral as the next “bad cop.”

In the same speech, Comey also repeatedly used the phrase “all lives matter.”

“James Comey represents an institution diametrically opposed to the interests of Black people domestically and abroad,” said HU Resist in a statement passed out at the convocation Friday. “The ‘Ferguson Effect,’ for example, is an outright racist lie designed to undermine Black Liberation Movement.”
Comey has been named Howard University’s Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy, which means he is slated to give several other speeches at the university throughout the school year. According to a university press release, his position at Howard involves a lecture series “designed to foster fruitful discussion and spur meaningful interaction.”

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