Two Tribes is an allegory for tribalism and political polarization in America today. Set in a land nearby but a time long ago, it tells the epic tale of our left and right-leaning ancestors who must overcome their differences in order to save their shared home. With Dr. Suess style rhymes, beautiful illustrations, and a comical but timely metaphor, Two Tribes is for kids and adults alike.
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About the author
Hello! I'm Tyler. Two Tribes is my first book, and was written on a spark of inspiration (more on that later). I currently work in business operations, before that I volunteered full time in Nepal and Louisiana, and before that I worked for a healthcare software company. In case you were wondering, I don't identify with any political party.
Where I'm coming from: I grew up in a conservative family, attended liberal schools, and have friends on both sides of the aisle. As someone with ties to people on both sides, I am really worried about the spread of tribalism and political extremism in America. I have watched good people become hateful and divisive, and seen families torn apart by differences in political opinions. I have met intelligent people who have lost faith in truth and reason, and heard normally kind individuals spew hateful insults. I'm guessing you've seen it too.
Who is the illustrator?
Two Tribes was illustrated by Rachel Beenken. To see more of her amazing work or to get in touch, check out her website: www.rachelbeenken.com
The story of Two Tribes was inspired by a conversation I had with my dad. We were talking about a political issue, and after initially agreeing on most things, we started arguing because of a small difference in opinion. He saw things one way and I saw them another. We stopped listening to each other and instead tried to prove we were right. This only made it worse. We fixed nothing and strained our relationship, and we were further apart than when we had started. It seemed to me this was a microcosm of what was happening in politics in general, and I knew we weren't the only people having useless arguments. As a country we are stuck in a tug of war with each other, neither side willing to give an inch to gain a mile.
This experience sparked the idea of Two Tribes. I imagined two groups of people, who because of a slight difference between them, struggle to address an issue that threatens them all. Although Two Tribes is a children's book, I hope it will be appreciated by kids and adults of all ages and political backgrounds.
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Why I'm raising money
Making and printing a book is surprisingly expensive. I'm raising money to cover the costs of the first print run. Thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours have already gone into the creation of Two Tribes. Without much of a budget left, this Kickstarter will ensure that I can print the first physical copies and make the book available for purchase.
1st print run: $7,500
You mentioned 'political polarization'...what is that?
In short, political polarization is when people sort themselves into political groups that become increasing hostile towards one another and more extreme and certain in their opinions or ideology.
The Pew Research Center says that "Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines – and partisan acrimony is deeper and more extensive – than at any point in recent history."
Why should you care?
In a recent study, over 40% of participants in each political party said they view the other party as "downright evil." This would indicate almost 50 million voters in America believe that people on the other side are inherently evil, not just misinformed or of a different opinion.
Additionally, nearly 1 in 5 participants agreed with the question: "Do you ever think we'd be better off as a country if large numbers of the opposing party in the public today just died?"
Americans no longer simply disagree with one another. They hate, fear, and are unwilling to work with people they disagree with. This is bad for the country and sets a terrible example for the next generation of voters. Worse, it sets the grounds for politically motivated violence and gives power to the extreme ends of the political spectrum. Polarization is a threat to everyone - left and right leaning alike.
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What's the timeline for Two Tribes?
Two Tribes was created with the help of the amazing team at Wise Ink Creative Publishing.
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Risks and challenges
Our risks are limited. Two Tribes has been in the works for well over a year and is supported by the experienced team at Wise Ink Creative Publishing. Illustrations and designs for the book are finished, the story is completely written, and the digital details have already been sent to the printer. We just need help covering the costs of the first print run and associated fees.
One challenge we will face is getting the books printed and shipped in time for our estimate August delivery date. Our current schedule has us making the book available for purchase in mid-August. Depending on when we receive copies and how long it takes to pack and ship the books, backers could get their copies a little late.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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