If you listen to Donald Trump for two minutes (and who would want to listen any longer than that?), you’ll hear him mention that he plans to build a wall between the United States and Mexico if he is elected President and unicorns start to fly right next to pigs in formation. To hear Trump tell it, Mexican immigrants are coming into America and wreaking havoc, killing, raping, and stealing our jobs. This is nonsense, as any informed person will tell you, but most Trump voters have never and will never be labeled as informed.
But what is the border between the U.S. and Mexico really being used for? Turns out the answer is volleyball.
“Wallyball” is an annual tradition for the sister towns of Naco, Arizona, in the United States and Naco, Sonora, in Mexico. Every April, teams from either side of the border engage in a spirited game of fast-paced volleyball.
The contest on the border is known as the Fiesta Bi-Nacional, and the purpose of the competition is simple: to solidify positive transnational relations between Mexico and the United States. As José Lorenzo Villegas, mayor of Mexican Naco noted:
For us, it represents the celebration of the union of two countries. What’s unusual is that both the Mexican and US teams are playing at home, with the fence as the net.
Sound fun? It most certainly is, as you can see from this video:
Instead of the border being used for fear and propaganda, those who play “wallyball” are making it a way for the two neighboring nations to better understand that the only thing that truly separates us is language and a fence. But we are all, despite what Mr. Trump wants to say, the same. There are good and bad among us, but it’s only when we give into our worst impulses and surrender to our darker angels that we become enemies.
Maybe the Donald should head south and try his hand at some volleyball. Or is he too afraid of losing?
Featured Image Via Reuters