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The persecution and character assassination of the President of the American Association for Suicidology, David Covington

A suppressed story illustrates how wokes gain power by exploiting dysfunction in American institutions.

James C. Coyne
13 min readApr 25, 2021


Depiction of the Marquis de Sade by H. Biberstein in L’Œuvre du marquis de Sade, Guillaume Appolinaire (Edit.), Bibliothèque des Curieux, Paris, 1912 (Wikimedia)

In their own teacup reign of terror, a tiny group of anonymous, self-styled radicals extracted an apology from a professional organization and forced the resignation of its president, ostensibly because they didn’t like language in his keynote address.

The group disappeared after colluding with the Board of Directors of the American Association for Suicidology in covered up their canceling and forced resignation of President David Covington. The illusion was created that nothing unusual had happened and everything was normal.

In the weeks leading up to the 52nd Annual Convention of the American Association for Suicidology in Denver, President David Covington was tweeting up a storm with the hashtag #AAS2019. David noted that the upcoming event was the fifteenth annual convention of the organization he had attended. He was proud to be finally attending the conference as its president.

As was typical of David, he showered lots of praise on the Board of Directors and all those involved in organizing the conference. To compress his message, he was shouting out that he was super lucky to work with such a wonderful team.

David said that #AAS2019 was going to be the biggest and best conference AAS had ever had. That seems to be true of every AAS annual convention because the criteria for “biggest” and “best” are fluid.

David didn’t know that it would be his last convention. Soon after his talk, the small group would come out of the shadows and persecute him for things he did not say or mean. They would quickly construct a case against him and assassinate his character. He would resign in quiet disgrace.

Unlike many past annual conferences, David was not seen tweeting up #AAS2020 or #AA2021.



James C. Coyne

Socially conscious Clinical Health Psychologist. Skeptic debunking hype and pseudoscience. Defender of freedom of expression without undue fear of reprisal