Just as adults often find themselves on the wrong side of history, so too do children. The difference is that many of the children involved in racism and war were there not out of their own volition, but instead because of their parents’ ideology or their repressive government. This has happened under historical dictatorships and at modern day protests against integration or equality.
Kids who didn’t know better or were pushed into bad situations had pretty much no choice but to join these distasteful movements. Examples include child soldiers of the Axis powers, North Korean kids forced into a life of militarism, and children dragged to KKK rallies and Westboro Baptist Church protests. Often, these children look pained to be doing what they’re doing, or totally uninterested. And we can only hope they’ll leave it all behind once they’re able to.
Here are pictures of kids on the wrong side of history, either in the past or present day.
Kids Holding Signs at a Westboro Baptist Church Protest
Kid Holding a Racist Sign at a Tea Party Rally
Teenage Soldiers of Nazi Germany After Surrendering, March 1945
Children at a French Anti-Gay Marriage Protest
Young Italian Blackshirts, 1939
North Korean Children in Military Uniforms
Child at an Anti-Integration Protest
Kids Holding Signs at Tea Party Rally
Kids at a Sons of Confederate Veterans “Training Camp”
Hitler Youth Members Posing with the Fuhrer
Viet Cong Child Soldiers
Child Caught in a Photo with Armed Members of the Afrikaner Resistance Movement
A US Marine Attempting to Communicate with Japanese Child Soldiers
Children Posing at a Cross Burning