It’s a Trumpian take on the playground game “cops and robbers”: one student plays “Trump,” another is “Pence,” and the rest play “Mexicans” who must escape the threat of deportation by being tagged.
The students are as young as nine years old and this is the playground at a New York City elementary school in predominantly Latino East Harlem.
Once tagged, the “Mexicans” rely on their friends to free them from “detention” (a fenced-in play area) otherwise Trump and Pence win, one parent whose child participated in the game said. This oddly politicized game of tag has some parents wondering how students have incorporated notions of immigration and deportation into otherwise innocent play, and just how much they know—or don’t know—about the new president and his policies.
“I would say there’s a lot more political discussion happening on the playgrounds than there was in the past,” one parent at PS 206 told The Daily Beast. In order to protect the identities of PS 206 students and families, The Daily Beast is not naming the parent.
His primary concern, he said, was bullying. “I wanted to make sure, first of all, that [the game] wasn’t a negative thing. I wanted to make sure it wasn’t anti-Mexican,” he said. After his son explained that the “bad guys” in the game were Trump and Pence, they had a conversation about Trump’s policies.
“I don’t know what their level of understanding is. I don’t know if the kids know what the exact problem is, or if they’re just repeating bits of what they hear at home, but there’s some level of understanding that Trump’s presidency is bad for the people who go to that school.”
Source/More: The Daily Beast