|In 1990, one of Philadelphia's most esteemed members of the black community led a crusade against the "racist" Rocky statue. No, this is not a joke|
A "F--k you" sculpture to white America, loudly (proudly) declaring Detroit is now a black city, energized with black power.
Fitting that only four years later, the resident leader of Organized Blackness (what some have dubbed the Black Grievances Industry) in Philadelphia would agitate against Sylvester Stallone and the Rocky movie franchise.
|A much more suitable monument: the Joe Louis "Black Power of Doom" statue in Detroit...|
How dare the Rocky statue be placed in Philadelphia, when it celebrates a fictional white boxing heavyweight champion![He'd Give The Hook To 'Racist' Statue, Philadelphia Daily News, 2-23-1990]:
If Sam Evans had his way, the Rocky statue would be banished, not only from the Art Museum steps, but from the entire country.
Evans, longtime civic leader and champion of African-American causes, called a press conference yesterday to throw his weight into the controversy over whether the statue should remain at the Art Museum or be moved back to its regular home at the Spectrum.
"For what it represents, it has no place in America," Evans said. "I think a statue should be erected to people who have achieved something. Like (onetime heavyweight boxing champions) Joe Louis or Jack Johnson."
Evans called the statue "racist," and said if it remains in the city, young people will look at it and "grow up thinking that the heavyweight champion was a white man."
"Such things have a great impact on your mind when you're young," Evans said.
The 8-foot-6 bronze statue of actor Sylvester Stallone, as Philadelphia's favorite fictional fighter, Rocky Balboa, in boxing shorts and gloves was moved to the Art Museum temporarily for the shooting of "Rocky V."
It was to have been moved back to the Spectrum by now, but the transfer was delayed by a groundswell of support to keep it where it is, on the steps that the four, going-on-five, "Rocky" films have made famous.
Stallone, a onetime Lincoln High School student, said yesterday he planned to leave the city either today or Monday, depending on how quickly the final ''Rocky V"scenes can be shot at Front Street and Susquehanna Avenue. He declined to comment on the statue controversy when asked about it by a TV reporter.
Evans said he had spoken earlier yesterday to Robert Montgomery Scott, president of the Art Museum, and that Scott thinks the statue is racist.
"I didn't bring it up, even though I agreed," Evans said.
On Wednesday, Scott told a reporter: "Somebody called me and wondered why it's a white fighter. They said it's a racist figure. There hasn't been a serious white fighter in Philadelphia for many years.
"There seem to be some people who feel that it's an inappropriate place to
put a white character in a city with significant black fighters like Joe Frazier," Scott said.
Evans, head of the American Foundation for Negro Affairs, said his organization may consider a boycott of the "Rocky" films if the statue remains at the Art Museum.
In 1986, Evans was shot down by the Fairmount Park Commission when he proposed constructing an African-American Sculpture Garden and Hall of Fame in the park.
Evans, speaking at AFNA offices on 17th Street near Sansom, said the statue and the five "Rocky" movies represent "a total disregard for the normal rules and common restraints against falsifying history, which is the yardstick to measure and document human thoughts, achievements and worth."
Mayor Goode has voiced his support for keeping the statue at the Art Museum, while museum officials want Rocky Balboa to show his armpits somewhere else. The Fairmount Park Commission has the final say, but it doesn't have a meeting scheduled until next month.
Evans said the mayor didn't take into consideration "certain concerns" before making his decision. He said he thought Goode would change his position after learning of Evans' feelings on the matter.
Evans said he has not expressed his concerns to Stallone or James J. Binns, the attorney Stallone hired to represent him in the statue controversy.
Yes, Rocky Balboa is a fictional character."I don't want to talk to them," he said. "I'm against the proposition. It's up to him (Stallone) to get his act together."
Black people agitating to remove all vestiges of white American's history isn't fiction.
As insignificant as this episode may seem at first glance, that Sam Evans dared use the filming of Rocky V to deem the white statue of the left-handed pugilist (fictional boxer) a "racist." Worse... how dare Stallone make the non-white children of Philadelphia believe such fiction that they might, "grow up thinking that the heavyweight champion was a white man."
No matter how trivial it may seem, this simple episode from 1990 is a reminder that fact is often times stranger than fiction in Black-Run America (BRA). Worse, it's a reminder that any movie daring to depict a positive image of a white man will immediately be viewed negatively by the black community, especially when it is dared to be celebrated in such a manner as the Rocky statue in Philadelphia.
Only a "black fist of power," like the Joe Louis 'Black Fist' in Detroit will do when celebrating black cultural power in America.