Who Approved This Racist Manga Cartoon of a Six Year Old Syrian Girl?
“I want to live a safe and clean life, eat gourmet food, go out, wear pretty things, and live a luxurious life… all at the expense of someone else,” reads the text on the illustration above. “I have an idea. I’ll become a refugee.”
That’s the translation of the text on the image, which was inspired by an actual photograph of a six year old girl in a Lebanese refugee camp.
Right wing cartoonist Toshiko Hasumi has drew ire on social media platforms for her illustration and depiction of Syrian refugees as what I would describe as ‘lazy freeloaders.’ She incited a Change.org petition which more than 10,000 have signed urging Facebook to remove the image.
Though Facebook did not remove the image as they say it wasn’t against community guidelines, Toshiko succumbed to the pressure and eventually removed it herself. That was not due to a change of heart however, as she defends her motivations for posting it in the first place. The political cartoonist believes she was targeted by ‘left wing activists’. No Toshiko, you were just targeted by good people with common sense.
Ignorance is not bliss. Apparently, Toshiko (and those that defend her stance) believes it is better for innocent civilians to continue to live in a battered country, which has been engulfed in a civil war since 2011. A war that they have no involvement in. Syrians aren’t feeling their home country just to mooch off another’s. Immigrants are hard working people, not some lazy freeloaders. All they’re seeking is the chance of a better life – a life of peace.
A question for the right wing anti-immigration folks, would you want to stay and live in this?