The Empire State building is commemorating the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China by flooding the upper parts of the city’s tallest sky scraper in red and yellow lights (representing the Chinese flag). The lighting for this event will last from tonight until October 1 at 10 a.m. The New York City landmark is owned by Malkin Real Estate Entities.
This particular lighting event is particularly disturbing, though. Why is this New York City skyscraper celebrating the rise of communism in China?Local Republican activists are not impressed with the latest move. New York Young Republican Club president Lynn Krogh told the Washington Times, :
“The Chinese communist revolution ushered in a violent and repressive regime that has continued to unapologetically commit a laundry list of human rights violations for decades. To have a New York City landmark honor an event that produced a 20 to 30 million death toll during the cultural revolution is an insult to Americans who value freedom and to the Chinese people who have suffered under Communist rule.”
The Tiananmen Square massacre’s twenty year anniversary just happened this past June. Did the Empire State Building bother remembering those who were slaughtered by the Chinese Communist regime? No. On June 4, 2009, the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, the Empire State Building celebrated the New York Racing Association, Belmont Stakes with the colors green and white instead. Apparently, celebrating death and tyranny is more important than those who die fighting for freedom.
The Washington Times contacted the public relations office of the Empire State building and is waiting for a response.