With all the news coming out of Washington, there was a lovely little tidbit much of the media didn’t catch this week. On Friday, October 25th, the White House had its annual Halloween party for the children of staffers and VIPS in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. There, in addition to making paper airplanes and receiving candy, tykes were asked to put their names on paper bricks to help “Build the Wall.” The theme for the party was “What I Want to Be When I Grow Up,” and the EEOB was told to create fun and “inspiring” interactive displays. Apparently party coordinators thought it a swell idea to pass on bigotry, hatefulness and ignorance to the next generation instead.
After my initial outrage subsided, the song You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught, from South Pacific popped into my head. It’s lyrics sadly, are just as relevant today as when the song was written by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II back in 1949. Here’s the scene from the 1958 musical.