San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia. Three cities in three different states. All of them raised the Chinese flag around Oct. 1st, which as we are aware, is the 70th anniversary of China’s turn to Communism.
The raising of these flags was not initiated by local business owners, Chinese people or their descendents, instead they were flown by city officials at city capital buildings and areas. When asked, the city officials all stated the flags were flown in support of their Chinese population, not Communism. Most of the cities did invite local Chinese businesses and residents to attend the flag raising ceremonies.
Citizens were not happy in any of the cities and rallied against this, still the flags were raised. While we fully support the First Amendment and free speech, we are not sure it is acceptable for city authorities to fly the Chinese flag. Or any non-U.S. ally’s flag in their city center for that matter. Especially with having the push back from their local populace like they did.
This begs the question- how should this make us feel, as Americans? Should this be an acceptable practice? Raising the flag of a country that is not our ally on a day that celebrates the birth of Communism in that country?
While the Chinese Embassy here in the U.S. also raised the Chinese flag, that is considered a part of China, so it is different. Just as if it would have been different if those cities reported they had a large amount of private citizens raise the flags. But that isn’t the story. It was city officials on city property raising the Chinese flag. How would we feel if this were the Russian flag or ISIS flag?
Don’t get us wrong- we understand there is a large Chinese populace in the United States and some of them may even fly the Chinese flag. That is their personal right on their own property or their own business. Note that these cities are also well known for being international ‘melting pots’ and having multiple nationalities from across the world reside in them.
We want to know- what do you think? Are the city officials right? Do you think they are supporting a heritage or Communism? Drop a comment.