If any of you happen to be in New York CIty today, for whatever reason, take a stroll over to the Empire State Building. If you don't have a chance to be in the city, pay attention to the news if you can. You may notice something...different about its lighting scheme. It's not always red and yellow, is it?
No, it isn't.
The reason it happens to be red and yellow is that, for some reason, officials in New York City have decided to celebrate the founding of Communist China.
I was shocked when I read about this, but sadly, I am not making this up:
New York's iconic Empire State Building will light up red and yellow Wednesday in honor of the 60th anniversary of communist China.
The Chinese consul, Peng Keyu, and other officials will take part in the lighting ceremony which will bathe the skyscraper in the colors of the People's Republic until Thursday, Empire State Building representatives said in a statement.
This should make no sense to Americans. Why on Earth are we celebrating the founding of Communist China. The ideas at the core of Communist China's founding are diametrically opposed to the ideas at the core of America's founding. Remember, of course, that these are the same people who continue their oppressive rule over Tibet; who cracked down on the Tiananmen Square protests all those years ago; continue to oppress various religions (including Chinese Christians); censor the press, speech, the internet, etc.; refuse to recognize the democratic Taiwan; and so on.
Why on Earth are we celebrating this?
It would be interesting to see how many times the building has been bathed in the colors of countries whose ideas and philosophy happen to be more in line with ours. Israel, for example.
I must echo the people over at the Minority Report and request that you conact the representatives of the Empire State Building. You can do so by calling (212) 736-3100, or by using the contact form on the building's website here.