Children forced to march in downtown L.A.?

April 30, 2007 at 12:01 am in Immigration we all agree that this past weekend was probably the busiest the city of Los Angeles has ever seen? Music fests, cowboy fests, book fests, presidential fundraisers, and more.

What you may have missed was yesterday’s “Children’s March Against Racist Deportations and Immigration Laws”. LA Indymedia has pics and extensive coverage:

Hundreds of Mexican and “Central American”-descent children marched through downtown Los Angeles Sunday afternoon to protest “racist immigration laws and racist deportations.” The children and their families marched approximately four blocks, from Olvera Street to City Hall.

The children — the vast majority who are U.S. citizens due to the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution — wore white t-shirts with the message “Legalize My Parents.”

While I empathize with the movement, I find there’s always something distasteful about using children as instruments to promote a political agenda, no matter the cause.

The photos at Indymedia show many kids carrying picket signs, but smiles are glaringly absent. Either someone coached them to pout on cue, or they’re genuinely sad. But if these kids are upset about anything, its probably that they’re being forced to march on a Sunday when they’d rather be out playing.

On the flip side, it will be interesting to see how many of the older kids play hooky this Tuesday’s “Great American Boycott”

…photo by Indymedia, used under copyright permission…

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