As part of their research to determine the most racist city in the United States, Gawker, has chosen to dissect the City of Brotherly love also known as Philadelphia. Personally, the only things I know about Philly are beards, cheesesteaks and my favorite drummer ?uestLove. I have yet to venture beyond that.

Gawker compiled a little list of facts about Philly:

  • Population: 1.5 million
  • Ethnic Breakdown: 37% White, 42% Black, 12% Latino, 6% Asian, 3% Mystery Box
  • History of Racism:
  • Race riots in 1964 and 1842. Of the 1842 Lombard Street riot, Wikipedia notes that, “Irish Catholics, often competitors for the lowest-paying, unskilled and menial jobs, perceived the city’s more successful African-American residents as flaunting their success, setting the stage for the blacks to become targets for the immigrants frustrations.” Thank God things are totally different now!
  • Supermarkets offering ethnically stereotypical foods as part of MLK Day sales
  • Racist local pool clubs
  • Mayor Frank Rizzo, who’s practically a saint in South Philadelphia
  • MOVE

Out of the few times I’ve been to Philly, I managed not to stay long. But, I definitely didn’t feel the urge to rush back to the area. Just a simple google search of “racism in Philly”, will yield some interesting stories, including the ones above. From incidents of racism by Yelp reviewers, to even a white firefighters suicide being blamed on tension between him and an African-American commissioner.

Now there’s no concrete proof that Philly is the most racist city in America, the Gawker article is not citing statistical facts, but there were several interesting stories of racism in the comments section. I just assumed everyone in Philly hated everyone equally. I noticed everyone in Philly wears a permanent scowl on their face. One commenter by the name of Moviefan21 stated:

Philadelphia has a long history of intolerance for everybody, blacks, whites, Catholics, the Irish, the Polish, etc. You will always have people that find a reason to think they are better than someone else – no one likes being on the social bottom. In Philadelphia the history is of everyone fighting everyone for whatever blue-color job was available and fighting off the newest immigrant or group. Racism in Philadelphia is ingrained and it is not just white racism against black, it is also black against white and black against Asian. Everyone is fighting to survive on a smaller and smaller pie.

Maybe Philly isn’t the most racist city after all. It’s just filled with angry people, trying to get by and make ends meet.

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  • what do you all think is the reason for the racism worldwide? honestly the way a lot of black people are NOW and the way they present themselves for “entertainment” (which is the only image of black people we ever see) i don’t blame the rest of the world for not wanting to associate with people who insist on calling themselves a derogatory word,being violent and relying on welfare.

    the way black people were back in the day was wayyy more confusing as to why people didn’t like black people. black people use to want to do something positive with their lives, stick together, support each other,dress well,present themselves in a positive matter,teach their kids manners,have values and respect for themselves. that is so lost with our people these days… and the whole world is laughing at us because we’re broken as hell.

    it is so frustrating how EVERY TIME i get on the subway it’s always the black folks acting up while asians,hispanics,and whites are minding their own’s always the black folks walking out the house with dirty rags and flip flops and belly hanging out their clothes, it’s always the black folks screaming and cursing out their infants, it’s always the black folks talking loud and telling the whole train about their baby daddy and him being in jail and how they’re excited that a new place accepts EBT. it makes me so mad! why is it always us? i see the occasional hispanic or white person act this way but it’s mainly US!.

    why can’t we be a people about respect and honor like asians? they wouldn’t be caught dead doing half the stuff black folks think is normal. asian people would have their butts whooped if they got on tv shows to act in a negative and embarrassing manner.

    what happened to us?black people in martin luther king’s day were people to be proud of because they stood for something.. nowadays? not so much.

  • Nate Williams

    That “Love statue” that in that picture is in Manhattan on 6th Avenue. There is the same statue in Philly at the Love Park. Please correct this! Thanks!

  • Sha

    A while article based on opinion and the picture is of a statue in New York. AWESOME journalism. And this is why we have scowls on our faces…