Many of the images these days that surround Trump’s quest for a border wall include crying children being separated from their parents and horrifying recounts of the treatment of detained children.
However, on Tuesday, a video and several photos appeared that provided some hope for the future of the nation. Pink seesaws appeared at the border, allowing children from Mexico and the United States to play with one another.
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One of the most incredible experiences of my and @vasfsf’s career bringing to life the conceptual drawings of the Teetertotter Wall from 2009 in an event filled with joy, excitement, and togetherness at the borderwall. The wall became a literal fulcrum for U.S. – Mexico relations and children and adults were connected in meaningful ways on both sides with the recognition that the actions that take place on one side have a direct consequence on the other side. Amazing thanks to everyone who made this event possible like Omar Rios @colectivo.chopeke for collaborating with us, the guys at Taller Herrería in #CiudadJuarez for their fine craftsmanship, @anateresafernandez for encouragement and support, and everyone who showed up on both sides including the beautiful families from Colonia Anapra, and @kerrydoyle2010, @kateggreen , @ersela_kripa , @stphn_mllr , @wakawaffles, @chris_inabox and many others (you know who you are). #raelsanfratello #borderwallasarchitecture
According to USA Today:
‘Designed by University of California Berkeley architecture professor Ronald Rael and San Jose State design professor Virginia San Fratello, the installation popped up over the weekend at Sunland Park, New Mexico, near El Paso and Ciudad Juárez.’
Rael said in a statement:
‘The wall became a literal fulcrum for U.S.–Mexico relations and children and adults were connected in meaningful ways on both sides with the recognition that the actions that take place on one side have a direct consequence on the other side.’
Children and adults were seen playing on both sides of the seesaws painting a beautiful picture of what the world should like without a wall.
On a souring note though, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday that Trump can use $2.5 billion in military funding to begin building a portion of his long-touted wall along the nation’s southern border in California, Arizona, and New Mexico.
This is becoming such a dark period in the nation’s history and so many refuse to believe what is happening. Much of what we are not seeing at the border is horrifying as evidenced by many accounts of what is happening to asylum seekers and their families as they seek entrance into the U.S.
Featured image is a screenshot from YouTube