What is the main message of the following graphic regarding the effects of imperialism on aboriginal people? Whose perspective is portrayed? https://www.artizans.com/images/previews/LAR161.pvw.jpg

The main message of this political cartoon is that imperialism caused great harm to aboriginal people. The cartoon portrays the perspective of aboriginal people, who feel exploited and neglected by imperial powers.

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The source provided is a political cartoon that depicts an aboriginal man standing in the forefront with his arms crossed. His facial expression shows anger, contempt, and perhaps even sadness. On either side of the aboriginal man are tracks of footprints belonging to two men who have walked around the aboriginal man. These two men can be seen in the background, walking away from the aboriginal man. They are carrying armloads of various goods and items that cannot be easily identified in the drawing. On the backs of these men are written the words “white society.”

The message behind this drawing is that white society does not hesitate to take everything from the victims of their imperialism. This exploitative mentality led white imperialists to strip natural resources and any other items of perceived value from indigenous lands and communities without regard for how this theft would affect the people who were left behind. In addition, a secondary message of this cartoon is that, even after stealing whatever valuables they wanted, the imperialists did not even attempt to provide support to the aboriginal people who were robbed. The way the two white men walk around the aboriginal man suggests a sense of complete neglect. As such, this cartoon presents the aboriginal perspective, rather than the imperialist point of view.

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