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way to go with that piece! I loved it. Thanks for taking the courage to do the right thing despite your fear of backlash. You da man! Keep it up and change the world, one comic at a time
An, ahem, older reader says Toby - keep going.
Congratulations on the success of your cartoon! I really hope it fills you with courage to make plenty more, telling important stories... I'll be looking out for them. Your thoughts have reached out to many more people than you know!
Brilliant. So easy for people to forget that a middle class and wealthy lifestyles make an enormous difference. I'm a new fan of your work. Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
"...but what I’ve been starting to realise is that as a middle-class straight white dude, “not messing with the status quo” is actually the easy option."
That's so true. But there's also the fear of being seen fighting other people's fights. I take part in a lot of feminist debate and I'm always worried that people will see me as taking part in a battle where I don't belong, or that I have ulterior motives, that I am 'White Knighting' in MRA terminology.
It's a real fear, but it's a selfish fear.
If you are a Knight, then you must *be* a Knight.
Sadly but truely most don't really understand or even believe that there is privilege. The first step is to acknowledge. This lovely cartoon in broad brush strokes illustrates. Please start thinking nz.
Canadian signing in. I for one have never understood why there is such a strong hatred towards socialism and communism. I've tried making the 'unequal opportunities' argument before, but in a LOT of cases, people believe they are entitled to every cent they earn. For every person that believes this, there are a dozen people that work twice as hard for half as much.
I can't count the number of times I have tried to make this argument, and gave been countered with "It's their own fault for getting into debt" or "too bad, they shouldn't have had kids" or "then they need to quit and get a better job, if they can't find one they aren't trying hard enough" or "then they should have gotten a more useful degree from University instead of wasting their time on an Arts degree." It saddens me.
I can't say I really blame them. Life is hard, and life is unfair. Do the 'middle class' deserve every penny they earn? Sure they do, but it doesn't mean that the 'working class' deserves to live paycheck to paycheck deciding which meals they can afford to skip that week. I know I've skipped a few lunches to have some extra cash at the end of the month.
No one is saying that hard working citizens should have to pay for the lazy ones. The lazy lucky ones should feel morally obligated to lend a hand to the hard working unlucky ones.
I hail from Canada and have been involved in several anti-poverty initiatives in a small community in southern Ontario. When I saw your comic I thought it said it all, and what I have been trying to convey for years. I am linking it to everyone I know, so be prepared for more backlash. Even though our community has been ravaged by the loss of thousands of manufacturing jobs, there is still a complete lack of empathy around the barriers facing people with low/no incomes and few/no resources. The biggest barriers are definitely the agencies themselves who are funded to support the poor. With no transparency in the execution of these agencies and programs, and no accountability for results, there is no trickle-down of financial relief that was intended for the attendees and no scrutiny of application. Another barrier is personal identification, health cards, sin cards, birth certificates are not easily obtained and some require processing fees. Many programs and food relief centers refuse support if identification cannot be provided. What I call "privileged identification"; Passports, driver's license, are typically beyond the reach of a family that is struggling to pay rent. In this community there has been an ironic development, those employed in the helping professions have increased their numbers, new facilities are being built to accommodate that increase yet the impoverished have no more access to resources which have actually diminished. The impoverished here most definitely "know their place" and will not complain for fear of retribution. Thanks again Toby
A great comic, very timely, well executed, and I am a new fan of your work. What a perceptive art
ist you are! Also .... can't resist saying it, but your beard is HOT. 👿
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