PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Supporters of former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo are pushing again towards a councilwoman’s name to take away his statue from metropolis property. They’ve signed a petition to maintain the statue the place it at present stands, in entrance of the town’s Municipal Providers Constructing.
Marc Ferguson, an administrator of the favored Fb web page Taking our South Philadelphia streets again, stopped to verify on the statue early Wednesday. Tuesday night time, somebody vandalized it with eggs and an anti-Trump signal.
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Ferguson began a petition on change.org Tuesday to collect help towards efforts to take the statue down. Hundreds have already signed it and the variety of signatures continued to develop Wednesday.
“It’s about precept,” Ferguson stated. “There’s a lot happening on this nation proper now, there’s so many divided relations, this isn’t a logo of hate.”
Councilwoman At-Giant Helen Fitness center needs the statue of the previous mayor and police commissioner to be eliminated. Fitness center and others are troubled by allegations that African-People have been routinely focused and brutalized throughout Rizzo’s tenure from the late 60’s to 1980.
“There’s a longstanding legacy round racism we’ve got to have exhausting conversations about,” Fitness center informed Eyewitness Information on Tuesday.
Ferguson stated he would like to have a dialog with metropolis officers and is open to having the statue moved, simply not destroyed.
“There’s a mural down on the Italian Market, perhaps we might put it over there with the mural,” he stated. “There’s somewhat park there. There’s all types of choices.”