Friday, May 1st, 2009
9-11 Coloring Book
You’re looking at the cover of a coloring book that, until recently, was available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency website. You can grab it here thanks to the Smoking Gun website which has the story.
A sweet old grandmother made a coloring book for a Minnesota crisis response team in 2003. FEMA thought it would make a nice addition to its website.
The book’s controversial coloring page features a sadist’s wet dream of sitting at home watching the Twin Towers explode on live television while also watching them explode through your living room window and also looking at pictures of them exploding in a newspaper held in your lap.
The book also contains scenes of a house surrounded by flood waters, a tornado about to strike a child who is wearing a “good kid award,” a family fleeing a house fire, and a look back at the flooded house to see kids sitting on the roof, in tree limbs and on the top of a vehicle in an effort to avoid drowning. And there’s the instant classic: a girl clutching her teddy bear looking (presumably) up to God and asking, “Why?”
Drawing your nightmares is apparently therapy for kids. I don’t debate that point. But, uhh, why not just give kids a blank piece of paper, some crayons and a little direction? What they choose to draw on their own will surely be more telling than trying to interpret their color selections for a coloring book.