“Teach your children well” is not just a lyric from Crosby, Stills, & Nash’s hit song “Teach Your Children.” It’s also a motto parents should abide by, particularly when it comes to teaching their children to be kind, tolerant, emathetic citizens and human beings. Apparently, however, it’s also a memo conservative novelty company Keep and Bear missed.
The company has announced release of a new building blocks toy, Build the Wall, which is currently taking pre-orders, with shipping slated to begin November 23.
The toy, which is marketed to ages 5+ and features Trump in a hard hat and a cartoonish figure behind a wall wearing a sombrero and holding maracas, encourages players to keep America safe by constructing a miniature wall to prevent “a mob of 10,000 Central American migrants” from “marching through Mexico and heading toward El Paso, Texas,” where they’ll presumably bypass border agents and end our country as we know it or some garbage.
Company executive Brandon Vallorani told USA Today that the “gift was meant to bring some lighthearted comic relief to the intense political debate” and that “the majority of [their] customers are over the age of 40, not children.”
At a time when hate crimes are soaring and children are still being held from their parents in detainment camps, some of them being abused in the process, you’re gonna have to excuse me for not running to the Keep and Bear website and congratulating them on the release of their newest product.
The fact that this toy even exists, regardless of whom it’s marketed to, is the problem. We should be teaching our children to love their neighbors, not lock them out — or worse — during their time of need.
No one is going to argue that immigration is a serious issue this country must address, particularly as it applies to keeping our citizens safe. But making a mockery out of people’s actual lives and hardships and selling it as a “novelty item” is about as low on the list of things that are productive as I can imagine.
We have a responsibility to treat every human being with dignity, even and especially those we may need to vet for security purposes, and modeling that behavior for our children should be our number one priority.
Not buying them some xenophobic version of Legos or chuckling with our friends and family about that racist novelty item we scored just in time for the holidays.
Photo: Keep and Bear