I drew a comic-based response to Alex Tizon’s piece for The Atlantic, “My Family’s Slave.” Initially, it seemed that Tizon’s piece was being met with a lot of praise for his bravery and willingness to explore his family’s role and complicity in the lifelong exploitation of a domestic worker and slave he calls Lola (which means ‘grandmother’ in Tagalog). But I felt much more conflicted about his narrative direction and the way in which his style and eloquence masked a markedly unequal power dynamic that he refused to acknowledge. Could he tell us what Eudocia Pulido wanted or didn’t want? Did he go deep enough in exploring what his own accountability was?
May 19, 2017. “The Slavemaster’s Son” up at The Nib, a political comics site.
Read the full comic here.