Those of us old enough to remember the Reagan presidency are still astounded at the memory of watching Ronald Reagan demand that Mr. Gorbachev tear down that wall. The reference to the Berlin wall is history for many Americans today, especially the youngest voters in this year’s election.
But one group is striving to make sure that we all remember the effects of communism both in history and in the present day.
“Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation wants to remind us all that one in five human beings still live under this oppressive system,” Breitbart noted
This may seem like a shocking fact to some, but it is nonetheless true. Communist countries like China and North Korea still inflict their oppressive beliefs on their own citizens. This at a time when the Obama administration is normalizing relations with Cuba.
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, a non-profit educational and human rights organization, is seeking to educate the public on the continuing victimization of people by communist countries. Among other things, the billboards highlight the deadly nature of communism stating that approximately 100 million people have been killed in the name of communism over the last 100 years.
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This shocking number is hard to fathom, but it is true. They also remind observers that it is still illegal in China to even speak of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests and subsequent massacre of student protesters.
“We put these billboards in the heart of the world’s media capital for a reason: we want to encourage and bolster reporters to tell the stories about the evils of today’s Communist regimes that still deny basic human rights,” the foundation told Breitbart.
Let’s hope and pray that this campaign can make a difference. We can never defeat the evils of communism if we don’t even acknowledge that they exist.