Whitney Houston may have warbled that the children are our future. But they’re not great political analysts right now. The folks over at The Washington Post seem to have forgotten this particular fact, so they decided to head over to four third-grade classes around Washington D.C. to hear what the tykes have to say about the issues of the day.
Unsurprisingly, the small children thought and spoke like small children, which meant they sounded like Leftists. As the Post acknowledged, “While the students were diverse socioeconomically, they were — like the Washington region as a whole — exceedingly un-diverse when it came to politics. In the three classes where I asked how many students would have voted for Hillary Clinton, all hands went up.”
So, who cares what a bunch of eight-year-olds whose parents voted for Hillary Clinton have to say? The Post does!
They do because they get to quote cute-looking tots speaking the language of the #Resistance. Take, for instance, Mason Felice of Bellows Spring: “I’m scared now that Donald Trump’s president, because ever since he was president a lot of bad things have been happening.” Or Devonte Holland of DC Scholars: “I think that Hillary should’ve won because people are saying that Trump cheated in the election because they said he was working with Russia or ISIS or something.” Or Makalynn Dunn of DC Scholars: “I would vote for Hillary Clinton because Donald Trump doesn’t like black people and Hillary Clinton does.”
Then there are the young feminists-to-be — too young to be prodded into abortion by the Post, but young enough to mouth slogans about sexism. Emma Bower of Bellows Spring: “It made me a little bit mad that it was another boy to be the president because there hasn’t been a female president before.” Ella Schneider on sexism in sports: “It’s sort of unfair that there are two different sports, baseball and softball, for two different genders. Because they’re pretty much the same thing.” Taniyah Cristwell of DC Scholars on the biggest problem in American society: “Girls can’t pass the gas without saying excuse me, but sometimes some boys don’t have to.”
Now there’s a gas ceiling.
And then there were the kids who had been informed by their parents that America is a terrible, racist place. Ruby Fox of Georgetown Day:
I went to essentially a black neighborhood where there’s a lot of black families and people, and when I went into the neighborhood there were a lot of poor conditions, like the houses were all run-down and so were the cars, the shops weren’t that well made and everything was falling apart. And I asked my mother why does this happen, and she said because there are still racists and they’re still judging people by the color of their skin, and personally I thought that was gone when MLK died, but it’s still happening.
Jamari Fears of DC Scholars: “I don’t think it’s fair because ... white people have more power than black people.”
Several of the kids expressed that they would “end slavery” if they were president. They are apparently unaware that slavery was ended some 154 years ago. Well done, teachers.
And here’s Kristian Wiley on police brutality: “I saw this movie, and on it was a kid that was running and then he had to call his mama, and then a white man shot him for no reason because he was just running, running. Then his mother was crying.”
The kids were Bernie Sanders socialists as well — because, after all, they’re children. Sanders is old enough to know better, but these kids aren’t. Here’s Ranaia Robinson of Robert R. Gray: “I think all people should have a house, money, food, a job and somewhere to sleep. Because it’s not fair!”
And virtually all the kids are climatologists, it turns out. Cary Stenberg of Georgetown Day has a degree in astrophysics, apparently: “The fact that animals are dying because of climate change, it’s bad.”
There’s only one kid who gets it: Daisha Austin from Bellows Spring. Young Daisha is sick enough of this rigmarole to go libertarian: “It’s not that big of a deal who’s president to me because I don’t really care about the president that much and I think that we don’t need a president. I think that we should be free.”
All of this makes a strong case for the impact of teachers and entertainment in socializing kids to particular political beliefs. It does not make a strong case for why the Post would dedicate pages of reporting to the beliefs of children who should be taught, not interviewed.