Have you seen this picture, or a variation of the idea, around the internet? It’s been in many places, in many versions. Craig Froehle put together the original in PowerPoint, of all things.
Back in 2012, shortly after the US elections, I had crafted up a graphic to illustrate my point in an argument I was having with a conservative activist. I was trying to clarify why, to me (and, I generalized, to liberals), “equal opportunity” alone wasn’t a satisfactory goal and that we should somehow take into consideration equality of outcomes (i.e., fairness or equity). I thought the easiest example of this concept is kids of different heights trying to see over a fence. So, I grabbed a public photo of Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park, a stock photo of a crate, clip art of a fence, and then spent a half-hour or so in Powerpoint concocting an image that I then posted on Google+.
In four short years, the idea has been redesigned, redrawn, re-captioned, and used for myriad purposes. It’s been appropriated, critiqued, and has even crossed international borders. Froehle posted a timeline of the many versions he’s seen and the changes that were made. Artist Angus Maguire drew the version at the top. Here’s Froehle’s original.
Here’s a version drawn by Mary at Off She Goes.
And here’s one from the Saskatoon Health Region.