Don’t Move Frank, Says Smerconish

 

“Black Lives Matter member Asa Khalif berates officers after a Klan hood he placed atop the head of the Frank Rizzo statue was removed outside the Municipal Services Building.” | Photo: Avi Steinhardt, for The Inquirer

“Black Lives Matter member Asa Khalif berates officers after a Klan hood he placed atop the head of the Frank Rizzo statue was removed outside the Municipal Services Building.” | Photo: Avi Steinhardt, for The Inquirer

  • Nationally syndicated radio host Michael Smerconish defends the legacy of his old boss, Frank Rizzo, arguing that the recent push to have his eighteen-year-old statue removed from the steps of the Municipal Services Building would prove a misguided attempt to “rewrite history” within the public sphere. And any suggestion to merely relocate the larger-than-life bronze to a less prominent civic space would still be unacceptable to him, as he feels that Rizzo’s “primary focus,” at least when he worked for him in the late-1980s, “was on the unglamorous task of meeting basic needs.”
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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