Parent Occupiers in New York used their kids to send a message to Mayor Bloomberg that police brutality and arresting Occupiers is bad. They got the kids to make paper hearts–one for each arrested Occupier–to present to the Mayor. Aw, sweet, right? No, definitely not.
I couldn’t think of a worse way to involve kids in political protest. The only preparation the video shows is a speech–delivered through the human mic no less–about policemen being bullies, but maybe not EVERY policeman. A procession through the streets chanting OWS slogans.
Final scene, the bully policemen rip the children’s hearts off the fence. The crowd shouts, “Shame! Shame!” Children cry.
The only things these poor kids know and understand is that they did something in a highly fraught situation that caused a big ruckus with the grown-ups and the scary policemen. Children can’t help but internalize it and think it’s their fault, especially with a heaping helping of “Shame!” on top of it.
I always got a sick feeling when Sarah Palin shoved her little boy with Downs Syndrome into the spotlight to further her cred with fans. This video gives me a sicker feeling. Parents, don’t use your kids as props to further your political aims.