Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Empire State Building's Lighting for China's 60th Birthday, Draws Criticism


Ya think?
Why in God's name would we light the Empire State Building to celebrate a country that is so incredibly backwards? Why would we help China celebrate 60 years of torture, rape and genocide?

I went to school in NYC and saw the Empire States Building light up nightly and sometimes different colours for different things. I was there during the first gulf war so it was often lit in yellow or red white and blue as a show of support. I also remember it being green for the 100th anniversary of the release of The Wizard of Oz book. This however, is different. Very different.

The Empire State Building has always been lit for as long as I can remember. I've seen it green, blue, red white and blue, but lighting the building yellow and red to celebrate China? What are these people thinking? It was red on September 24th for the 70th anniversary of the release of The Wizard of Oz and the ruby slipper collection. On October 14th, it will be lit in purple and white for New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Those things make sense to me. Use it to celebrate good things that advance people or help those who need it, but China?

Construction began on the Empire State Building in March of 1930 and is a National landmark. It would be nice to always see it as such but that's been sullied for me. It is a privately owned building and the owners can do as they like. However, the visits to the city where I plan a trip to the top of the ESB are probably over for me. I'm not one of those "Freedom Fries" kind of Americans but can't we all just agree that China sucks as a country? They threat their women like shit, give us tainted formula and toys filled with lead and their food is filled with poison! Occasionally we get our shit together enough to catch these things, they shoot their Chinese inspectors and start over with new ones, but nothing ever really happens.
I've hated China since the whole Tienanmen Square demonstrations in 1989. I have often wondered what happened to the guy in the photograph above. People who protest in China, die. As I'm sure this guy did. They certainly don't have due process. I also loved when they had the summer Olympics there in 2008 and the torch was being carried through the streets, people protested, of course. The torch was surrounded by people who were just there to attack and beat down any protesters who got too close. Those aren't the only reasons to hate China, but I think they're enough.
I can't believe I got through this whole post without mentioning how stupid and inhumane their one child policy is..oops, almost made it....
This is the real tragedy:
In case you forgot how vile China was to it's protesters:
Tiananmen Square, large public square in Beijing, China, on the southern edge of the Inner or Tatar City. The square, named for its Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tiananmen), contains the monument to the heroes of the revolution, the Great Hall of the People, the museum of history and revolution, and the Chairman Mao Zedong Memorial Hall (with Mao's embalmed body). Mao Zedong proclaimed the founding of the People's Republic in the square on Oct. 1, 1949, an anniversary still observed there. A massive demonstration for democratic reform, begun there by Chinese students in Apr., 1989, was brutally repressed on June 3 and 4. It was initiated to demand the posthumous rehabilitation of former Communist Party Chairman Hu Yaobang. The government was tolerant until after his funeral; then Deng Xiaoping denounced the protests. The demonstrators were joined by workers, intellectuals, and civil servants, until over a million people filled the square. General Secretary Zhao Ziyang expressed sympathy, but lost out to Deng, who supported the use of military suppression. Martial law was declared on May 20. The protesters demanded that the leadership resign, but the government answered on the nights of June 3 and 4 with troops and tanks, killing thousands to quell a counterrevolutionary rebellion. Zhao was dismissed and a number of the student leaders were arrested.

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