Charges Of Insensitivity After Kids Smash Piñata Shaped As ICE Agent – CBS Chicago

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CHICAGO (CBS) —  One by one, little boys and girls take turns smashing a piñata shaped like an ICE officer.

Some are asking was this community block party in bad taste?

CBS 2’s Eric Cox has the story.

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 the people behind the group that brought the piñata said they were banking on making a statement.

A child swung at a piñata depicting a federal ICE agent 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 with many Facebook commenters applauding 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.

Martinez said his organization bought a Batman piñata and transformed it.

“We’re just making a statement,” Martinez said.

A statement that the federal government’s recent actions regarding deportation are what’s wrong.

“Taking children from their parents, separating them,” Martinez added.

At the same event, children were offered a chance to throw balls at a painted image of President Trump.

“And it effected the event, and that’s OK,” said Marvin Covington of the East Side Chamber of Commerce.

“It wasn’t told to me, ‘hey, there’s going to be an ICE piñata coming, but it was there,” he said.

The organizers of the mid-July event meant to be fun and family-oriented, but it’s now creating factions within the community. When asked if there would be ICE piñatas present next year, Martinez couldn’t say.

“That’s not for me to say, because I didn’t know they were coming this year,” Martinez said.

Covington told CBS 2 that despite the surprise piñata, the event was a success and they do intend on continuing the tradition of community day next year.

Martinez said the proceeds from the controversial kids’ activities will go towards helping asylum seekers.

 

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