The Empire State Building Dimmed Lights in Memory of George Floyd

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Usually a beacon of the New York City skyline, the Empire State Building went dark earlier this week. While typically lively and colorful, the edifice dimmed its lights as a response to the police brutality and systemic racial injustice endured by Black people each and every day in New York and the wider nation.

The building took to social media to explain the blackout. Its statement on Twitter condemned the unjust death of George Floyd and the violent racism plaguing our country, but seemed to have been only dipping its toe in the water. The message didn’t declare its support for the Black Lives Matter movement or the protests taking place fighting the very issue. In a second statement Tuesday night, the tweet echo’s the original post and reads, “Our lights remain dark tonight to recognize injustice in all its forms and all its victims, and to urge an end to the damage to our great city and its people. There is enough loss and sorrow already. Pause, reflect, and find ways to make real change against racial injustice.”

The Empire State Building wasn’t the only thing to go dark yesterday. Many individuals and companies participated in Blackout Tuesday, halting business and pausing social media activity in a sign of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

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