1. Michael Bennett, a defensive end for the Eagles (he was recently traded from the Seahawks), was treated as if he were the ‘the other’ by police in Las Vegas. Michael Bennett attended the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight in Vegas during August. After the fight, when Michael was heading back to his hotel, a gunshot went off. He ran away from the sound, but the Las Vegas police singled Michael out as they pointed their guns in his direction, demanding him to get on the ground. They acted violently toward him and accused him of something he hadn’t done- simply because his race made him different from the others there in the officer's’ mind. Michael Bennet was treated like the other because he was black, “I kept asking the officers ‘What did I do?’ and reminding them I had rights they were duty bound to respect. The officers ignored my pleas and instead told me to shut up and then took me to the back of a nearby police car where I sat for what felt like an eternity until they apparently realized that I was not a thug, common criminal or ordinary black man but Michael Bennett, a famous professional football player. After confirming my identity, I was ultimately released without any legitimate justification for the Officers abusive conduct.” Michael shared about being treated like the ‘other’ simply because of his skin color and didn’t receive an explanation about being treated as if he were a criminal because he is black. Michael Bennett believes that prejudice feelings act as guidelines of line for some people, “The fact that is unequivocally, without question before every game, I sit for the national anthem- because equality doesn’t live in this country and no matter how much money you make, what job title you have, or how much you give, when you are seen as a “N*****,’ you will be treated that way”. Michael Bennett, a victim of otherness, hopes that one day the United States will see equality and that no one will ever have to face otherness. When Michael Bennett shares his story in which he suffered from otherness, he talks about what other victims of otherness, who despairingly died, must’ve felt. 2. Michael Bennetts story relates to “To Kill a Mockingbird” because it tells the story of someone being ‘the other’ and someone being accused of a crime they did not commit because of their race. Tom Robinson, a character from “To Kill a Mockingbird” who was falsely accused of rape, and Michael Bennett, a black NFL defensive end who was falsely accused of shooting a gun in Las Vegas, were both in the same scenario- they were innocent men falsely accused of a crime they hadn’t committed because they were black. Both Michael Bennett and Tom Robinson didn’t lash out at law enforcement because they were falsely accused- they respectfully handled the situation.
1. Unique Wade Adams, a transgender girl in the show Glee, is constantly treated as ‘the other’ throughout 2 seasons on Glee. She is always told she shouldn’t act the way she does and is regularly ridiculed because she wants to dress like a girl. Unique uses the boy's restroom at her high school and the boys at her school give her a hard time for this. After the boys leave the bathroom, Unique begins to sing If I Were a Boy by Beyonce as she stands in the corner very dismal. Unique faces otherness as she is constantly alienated and treated as if she is ‘the other’ just because she wants to be a girl. 2. Similar to Unique, Scout Finch is commonly othered for acting as if she is a boy. For instance, some of the elder women in Maycomb look down on Scout and treat her differently due to the fact she wears overalls instead of dresses. Though Scout and Unique are in two different scenarios, they both relate in that they both are constantly told they shouldn’t dress/act the way they do.
1. Last year, an executive order called the Travel Ban was put into place by the President of the United States. This travel ban did not allow those from Middle Eastern countries, most especially Refugees, to enter the United States. The objective of the Travel Ban was to ultimately prevent terrorists from entering the United States. The President of the United States othered refugees looking to escape the violence of the Middle East. Refugees who were looking to get away from the constant battle, bloodshed, and conflict in the Middle East were not able to come to the United States because the President ignorantly assumed they were all terrorists based on their ethnicity and race. Refugees were othered when the President and his administration made erroneous assumptions, “The discomfort felt by native-born citizens (implicitly white native-born citizens) who interact with, or even simply see, people of visibly different cultures — speaking another language or wearing distinctive clothing like the hijab — in their communities is a cost that the administration takes very seriously”. These refugees were othered because someone lacked knowledge, and falsely assumed they were Radical Islamist due to the fact they were from an area where Islam is the prominent religion. President Trump made the assumption that all the refugees must be terrorists, “He (Trump) distinguished himself from the rest of the Republican presidential primary field by being willing to talk openly about the cultural differences between Americans and “undesirable” immigrants from Mexico or Syria. He’s expressed anxiety about Muslim Americans whose families have lived in the US for generations: “Assimilation has been very hard. It’s almost, I won’t say nonexistent, but it gets to be pretty close. And I’m talking about a second and third generation.” Because these refugees were from an area in the world where there is constant violence, and because they were from an area and where the. same race as terrorists who had previously carried out terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. 2. The Travel Ban/Discrimination against people from the Refugees/Middle East exemplifies relates to the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” because it illustrates discrimination because of where someones from/looks like. Refugees and people from the Middle East can relate to the Tom Robinson, as they are both discriminated against for their race/where they came from. People act prejudiced towards refugees because they look the same as radical Islamist, and people think that because the two are of the same race and might be from the same place, they must have the same beliefs.
1. Shaquem Griffin, a linebacker for the University of Central Florida Knights, has been treated as “the other” his whole life. Shaquem only has one hand, and he recently declared himself eligible for the 2018 NFL draft. He wrote a letter to each NFL franchise’s general managers, and the letter was entitled “a letter to NFL GM’s”. In this letter, Shaquem talks about being “the other” growing up playing football. When he was younger, Shaquem always used to sleep in his jersey the day before his game. He did the same thing the day before his final game of the season; the game that would determine if his team would make the playoffs. There was always a rule that you had to be a certain weight or you couldn’t play. When Shaquem arrived at the game, the coach of the opposing team took his weight and declared that Shaquem was too heavy to play in the game. Devastated, Shaquem ran to his coach and his coach weighed him. He had met the required weight to play in the game, so Shaquem and his coach went to talk to the opposing team's coach…. as his scale must have had something wrong with it. The opposing coach then admitted it wasn’t about Shaquems weight. In Shaquems letter to the general managers, he writes, “It was about my hand. He said I shouldn’t have been allowed to play football at all. Because football is for two-handed players.” After that day, Shaquem changed his mindset for the better after being treated like he was inferior and othered, “But this was the first time I ever had to deal with somebody telling me I shouldn’t - or couldn’t - do something because of my hand. Like I was defective or something. Like I didn’t belong. And that was the moment I realized I was always going to have to prove people wrong”. After being treated like he had no value by the opposing team's coach, Shaquem went on to jump a route and intercept a pass to seal the victory for his team. 2. Shaquem Griffin story relates to “To Kill a Mockingbird” because it exemplifies someone having to overcome negative remarks in order to try and succeed. Atticus in “To Kill a Mockingbird” had to overcome adversity while he tries to prove to the jury that Tom Robinson is guilty. In comparison, Shaquem Griffin had to overcome adversity as he tried to prove to the world that even though he had one hand, he could still be an astonishing football player. Atticus Finch is continually oppressed for his choice of taking on Tom Robinson’s case throughout “To Kill a Mockingbird,” while Shaquem Griffin was subject to harsh treatment by arbitrary people who simply believed that because he was missing a hand, he could not succeed in life and that his missing hand would hold him back.