East Side Chicago Community Day organizers are facing backlash after including an ICE piñata at their annual event. According to CBS Chicago:
The event was organized by a chamber of commerce comprised of over 25 East Side businesses. A representative said they never would have imaged their event would cause commotion.
But one the people behind the group that brought the piñata said they were banking on making a statement during East Side Community Day in Chicago.
“Some parents were holding their kids to hit the piñata,” said Anthony Martinez of Los Brown Berets.
Pictures posted on social media show several other children in line waiting to take a swing at the political piñata. Many Facebook commenters applauded the idea while others were in disagreement, calling the activity ignorant, disrespectful and teaching the young to hate.
“It was not meant in a negative way at all towards law enforcement,” said Martinez, who leads the Chicago chapter of Los Brown Berets, a nationwide activist group aimed at overcoming inequalities against Chicanos.
Bad parenting is the cause of nearly all the problems we have in this world. Parents encouraging their children to pulverize an object that is meant to represent an agent of law enforcement is a horrible thing and will without a doubt traumatize the children and cause them to lack trust in authorities in the future.