Mayor Jim Kenney urged residents on Monday to “call out bigotry” during an appearance at the inaugural Philadelphia Unity Cup, a World Cup-style tournament between 32 teams featuring the city’s immigrant groups.
“The most beautiful game” is known for having an ugly side, and the mayor addressed the ugly side of “the city of brotherly love” after recent hate crimes and Saturday’s flash mob assaults that left six injured.
“I know right now that many Philadelphians are feeling anxious, angry, afraid and even hopeless,” Kenney said during the Unity Cup's closing reception. “Others feel emboldened by hateful rhetoric to act out in destructive ways.
“And for many of you, those feelings of disenfranchisement predated this election. In some cases, those feelings are centuries old.
“But, if we allow any of these feelings to guide us to violent or hateful actions, then we are no better than what we claim to oppose.”