Leilani

By Leilani

LifeBuzz Staff

This Powerful Comic Makes Privilege Easy To Understand… OUCH At The Punchline.

Growing up, my mother worked odd jobs to support me and my brothers as a single parent. For as long I can remember -- even after receiving my undergraduate degree -- I have also worked multiple jobs. At seventeen, I needed the money to pay for club fees and participate in school events. I didn't want to be burdensome by asking when I knew we had bills to pay. In college, despite earning scholarships and grants, I needed to find a way to pay for overpriced rent in Berkeley. I continued working.

As a queer Asian American woman growing up in a minority neighborhood in San Diego, I have come to accept that I must work doubly hard for the same opportunities handed to some on a silver platter. Even still, consider myself relatively privileged.

When I was first introduced to The Pencilword's "On a Plate", a comic based on the concept of privilege, I saw myself in it. I've been in a few similar situations, serving coffee to a young man who had asked for help in a writing course years earlier, for example. Despite its oversimplified nature -- such is necessary for this form of artwork -- Toby Morris's comic strip poignantly reflects the harsh realities of success.

Toby Morris is an Auckland-based illustrator, art director, and comic artist. Morris recently released a graphic novel titled "Don't Puke On Your Dad" where he reflects on his experiences as a new father.

Source: Toby Morris

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