Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has announced that the Frank Rizzo statue standing outside of Philadelphia City Hall would be moved to a new location. This allows protesters and complainers to have meltdowns in another location, but does not affect anyone's real life one way or the other. In fact, many people had no idea where the Frank Rizzo statue was until someone like Councilwoman Helen Gym complained about it on Twitter.
The statue of the former Philadelphia police commissioner and mayor has been the subject of controversy since the deadly Charlottesville incident. Detractors maintain that the presence of Rizzo's statute is a slap in the face of minorities and say his actions while holding Philly's top posts were racially charged and often discriminatory. Other's suggest Frank Rizzo was a tough mayor during a very challenging time. Most people realize that those days are over and society has moved forward. Statues are inanimate objects that remind us of times before and how we should, or should not, be like or emulate those times.
Depending on what statistics you believe, it is said that the hiring of new black police officers during Rizzo's tenure slumped from 28% to 8%, but the overall percentage of black police officers was one of the highest in the country at about 20%. This was at a time when many other police departments were having abysmal success at recruiting black officers.
Perhaps the most well known action Rizzo took that detractors see as racially motivated was a raid on the Black Panther Party, shortly after they publicly declared war on police. Reacting to the announcement and subsequent killing of a police officer, police raided the Black Panther's headquarters, strip-searched those present and made arrests in full view of cameras which quickly publicized the incident.
Essentially the arrested Black Panthers were released without charges and four people unrelated to their organization were ultimately found guilty of the murder.
Councilwoman Helen Gym sparked the movement to have Rizzo's statue removed via Twitter of all places (just like Trump, whom democrats often criticize), sparking public debate from hard leftists, mostly smug white liberal guys who probably own an iPhone X and live in a white neighborhood. After months of debate from both sides of the issue, Mayor Jim Kenney, who said from the beginning he is open to the removal of the statue should the public deem it appropriate, announced the statue's fate on November 4th.
There are still people fighting to have this decision overturned. A petition which garnered over 7,000 signature in only its first hours currently has over 25,000 signatures and will be delivered to the Mayor, councilwoman and the Arts committee. But as of now, the mayor's decision will stick and the city will be searching for what they believe to be a more appropriate place for Rizzo's statue.
Frank Rizzo's bronze statue was first placed in 1999 and was donated by private citizens. It has stood in the shadows of City Hall for almost 20 years now and due to the current state of America's overly political correctness now came under fire. The city received more than 4,000 suggestions on what to do with the statue.
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