What is the cartoonist’s contention about the Occupy Wall Street protesters?Link: http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/Occupy-Wall-Street/ig/Occupy-Wall-Street-Cartoons/Why-Do-You-Hate-Me-So-.htm

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that one of the interesting elements about the cartoon is that it shows the Occupy Wall Street protesters as being under the heel, figuratively and literally, of the wealthiest.  The cartoon is reflective because it really speaks to the idea that the protesters have not been able to fully amass themselves for a great deal of time.  The fact that there is only one protester under the shoe of the businessman is one part of this.  Another part of this is the idea that the businessman is questioning why he is so hated by the Occupy Wall Street protester.  The idea here is that the parasitic relationship between capitalists and those who are crushed under the heel of it have been in existence for some time.  What is right about right now in the history of capitalism that has become fundamentally different about this relationship?  Essentially, this boils down to the "why now" issue, to which the businessman does not understand why he is now seen as the source of anger and all that is wrong.  The contention in the cartoon becomes clear in the idea that there is significant questioning about the numbers of protestors, with one only being shown, and what is there about the current situation right now that warrants such a ferocity of emotions and demands of change.

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