Remember that press conference that Mayor Nutter held to announce the erection of a statue to honor the late, great boxer Joe Frazier. Yea, well to date, the donations total a whopping $200 (excluding the $25k marketing fee…err… donation from Xfinity Live — where the statue will be located). It seems Nutter’s call-to-action including, ”He gave and gave and gave so much to our city . . . Joe Frazier truly deserves this recognition. We need fans to show their support,” just wasn’t enough to get fans to act.
The latest plea isn’t coming from Nutter, rather Bernard Hopkins who says, “I want everybody to give five, 10, 20 dollars so they can say ‘I helped put that statue up.’ That’s not bragging. That’s showing respect. Candy sales. Stores like Geno’s and Pat’s [Steaks]. Anybody who Joe ever signed an autograph for. Now, is the time to give back.”
Nutter was recognized as a supporter of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month in a controversial debate over whether the designated month should be recognized in schools and other parts of the country.
The LGBT History Month tradition, started in 1994 by a Missouri high school teacher, has previously been recognized and promoted by a wide assortment of politicians, including members of Congress and Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia. In all of Philadelphia’s municipal buildings, for example, a rainbow flag is flown alongside the U.S. flag every October.