Statue Of Limitations

Not all statues ordered taken down have a Confederacy connection. Exhibit A for me: Philadelphia’s removal of the statue of Frank Rizzo, former police chief and mayor. It still surprises me, a native Philadelphian with family members who were cops, that it ever went up, which was in the late 1990s. Rizzo could be insensitive–as well as abusive–toward blacks and gays. It’s a major part of his loathsome legacy. So also is the terminology he enabled as police chief. Night sticks weren’t called “billy clubs.” They were known as “n—– knockers.”

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