After their controversial snub of Mother Teresa (justified by the fact that as a privately owned building they have a policy to not recognize religious figures with their lights), the Empire State Building is refusing to honor another historic figure: General Casimir Pulaski. Considered "the father of American cavalry," the Polish general served in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War and even saved George Washinton's life (according to trusty Wikipedia). So why can't a man who already has his own bridge get any respect from the damn ESB redcoats?
Building owner Anthony Malkin hasn't given any comment on the situation, and Polish-Americans readying for tomorrow's Pulaski Day Parade aren't taking the refusal well. Parade organizer Richard Zawisny said, "I don't think it's right...They can't use the excuse they used to deny Mother Teresa because Gen. Pulaski wasn't a religious person, he was a hero." The snub is especially hurtful because up until two years ago, the building was lit up the Polish colors of white and red in honor of the man and the parade.
Tonight, the tower will be lit pink for "National Football League, A Crucial Catch for Breast Cancer Awareness," and the rest of the weekend it will be the standard white. Alex Storozynski of the Kosciuszko Foundation said, "Breast cancer awareness is important, but the Pulaski Parade committee was first in line...This year the night sky will show that the dim bulbs that run the Empire State Building chose to disrespect us, while honoring other ethnic groups." At least they can always turn to Sufjan Stevens: