Philly Mayor bans everything but BLM protests
Philly Mayor Jim Kenney announced Tuesday that the city would not allow large public gatherings through at least February 28, 2021, but specifically said the ban doesn’t apply to demonstration activities like Black Lives Matters protests.
“I’m disappointed to confirm that we are canceling large public events through February 28, 2021, due to the public health crisis,” the Mayor wrote on Facebook.
The cancellation does not apply to:
– Demonstrations and First Amendment–protected activities
– Outdoor gatherings that are not publicly advertised (such as picnics and weddings) with 50 or fewer guests
– Organized outdoor recreation and sports with 25 or fewer people
– Events on private property, like venues and stadiums
Although the mayor specifically allowed events in stadiums and venues, he clarified through the city manager that the city would not allow professional sports teams to play in front of fans this year.
In fact, the expiration of the order looks timed to specifically rule out NFL games for 2020 since the Super Bowl is scheduled for February 7, 2021.
Kenney is already under fire for dropping citations of protesters who illegally participated in protests from May 30 until June 30.
“My decision to waive these violations is not a statement on the validity of the individual citations,” Kenney said. “Rather, it is a recognition of the core concerns that caused thousands to demonstrate on the streets of Philadelphia.
Kenney’s core concern is pandering to progressives.
Kenney is a Democrat in the mold of Mike Bloomberg, concentrating on issues like climate change, sugary drink taxes, free heroin injection sites, opioid control and feuding with Donald Trump, as paramount to Philadelphia’s survival.
Like a lot of white liberals, Kenney can’t govern his city because if he’s tough on crime, he’ll lose the support of his base and if he’s permissive with crime, he’ll lose control of his city.
Between the two, like other white liberal mayors, Kenney is choosing to let crime go unanswered and hope for the best. White mayors in Minneapolis, Seattle, St. Louis, Portland and other cities have found it difficult to satisfy the needs of progressives to feel virtuous with the needs of citizens to live crime-free, and thus have seen crime soar over the last two months.
As a sop to his base, Kenney has established a Reconciliation Steering Committee for Philadelphia, helping to recognize Juneteenth as a holiday for the city. He also covered the iconic statue of Christopher Columbus with a wooden box during the anti-statute spasm of last month.
“Now more than ever, it’s critically important to acknowledge America’s original sin of slavery—something we as a nation have never atoned for,” said the Mayor in a statement declaring the Juneteenth holiday.
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