As many of you know, I love Halloween and we put on an embarrassingly excessive display each year at our house. It may be for that reason that I found a story in Yahoo News so disturbing. Children who came to the White House for the annual Halloween party were reportedly asked
to help “build the wall” by placing their own paper bricks onto a mural. If true, it was a remarkably low-grade move. Children should not be pulled into our politics or used for a prop.
Regardless of how one feels about the wall on the Southern Border, it is a divisive political issue that should never have been interjected into a kid’s event on a holiday. If true, it would seem that adults cannot simply leave our kids out of our political fights and let them enjoy a holiday for its own (rather than our own) sake.
Staffers were told to come up with kid-friendly activities, so it is not clear who approved or came up with this ill-conceived idea. One parent expressed shock over the tacky use of the event and supplied pictures.
The White House did not respond to calls for a comment.