Rizzo Statue Removed By Mayor Kenney

Alex Lloyd Gross Photo- Delaware Valley News.com

by Alex Lloyd Gross

In the dead of night, June 3, 2020, Mayor James Kenney removed the iconic statue of former Mayor of Philadelphia  Frank L. Rizzo. . This was done at the behest of a small , but vocal minority of people , many of who do not live in the area.  Rizzo was the commissioner of police  and later, mayor. He was tough but fair. “I’ll make Atilla the Hun look like a faggot” was a notorious comment to rioters and other criminals he once uttered.

The statue was removed without a vote from the citizens. It was removed without any chance for any public vote. It is unknown what will happen with the work of art that had been standing in front of the Municipal Services Building since the early 1990’s.  It is unknown what will be the fate of the statue. .”I never liked that thing, I never wanted it,” Kenney said earlier.

The majority of law abiding citizens wanted the statue to stay.  The majority of law breakers wanted it removed.  Rizzo was called a racist because he took no crap from anyone. Rizzo did more for people minorities than a lot of people , as long as that person was a stand up person. If that minority was a “Crumb Bum”  Rizzo had no time for them. He treated white people the same..

Alex Lloyd Gross- Photo- Delaware Valley News.com Not everyone hated the Rizzo statue.

The statue was removed by crane and the steps of the MSB were damaged while doing it.

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2 thoughts on “Rizzo Statue Removed By Mayor Kenney

  1. I think Mayor Kenney should have left the statue where it was.. Rizzo was alittle rough around the edges, however, I think he would have evolved if he had lived. He treated black & whites equally. Who said that Mayor Kenney had the right to do this ??????????? AND, what if it were a statue of you, Mayor Kenney – your family would’t have appreciated the new Mayor taking down your statue.

  2. Put the Statue back, can’t erase history good and bad. This statue and many others around the country serve as reminders of our history!

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