I found an article describing what otherness is and it provides a deeper description of all the different aspects of this wide topic. “ Otherness is the result of a discursive process by a dominant group ( “us”, the self ) constructs one or many dominated out-groups ( “them”, other) ”. Like the other examples, this can connect to the black communities in Maycomb. Often times poor or richer communities can be othered. In Maycomb, anyone who was of a different skin color would be othered.
This poem that I found is a poem about racism. This poem portrays a message of how racism is everywhere in life, connecting it to ignorance another one of our themes. “ Of human ignorance, I am almost in despair. For racism is around me everywhere ”. Racism is signifying one as another because it is around you everywhere. Racism is hard to escape because people are constantly making you feel different because of your race. “ So many holding the reins of power not spiritually aware. And racism is around me everywhere ”. In to Kill a Mockingbird Bob Ewell is easily the most racist person in town. This connects to the poem because Bob is not spiritually aware of how he makes people truly feel.
In this speech that I found, Barack Obama presented a speech on race. This speech was not only empowering for many, it portrayed an example of otherness. Barack, being the only black president in history felt as if he was being categorized as another ” due to his race. In one of his speeches, he said: “ This is not to say that race has not been an issue in the campaign.” At various stages in the campaign, some commentators have deemed me either “too black” or “not black enough.” People would judge him for not being black or not be black enough, segregating him as different. He also mentioned in his speech, “ And yet, it has only been in the last couple of weeks that the discussion of race in this campaign has taken a particularly divisive turn. ” Race only affected him midway into the campaign rather than in the beginning. Barack Obama took a stand in the running for president, is the only African American to run for a present. Through the speech and in the two particular quotes that I mentioned, Barak explained how race can play a role in his campaign. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white girl; was believed to commit a crime he did not do. Tom was being set aside for this debacle and was immediately accused guilty when he clearly did not rape Mayella. Barack ended up winning the election twice, however, some people doubted his work ethic because of his race.
This image/drawing signifies the other because 14/15 of the tennis balls are green. 1/15 of the tennis balls are pink. This ratio signifies the other because only one of them is different, leaving it to be signified as the other. The green and yellow tennis balls surround the one lonely pink tennis ball with white trimming. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Tom Robinson was the only black person in the courtroom during his trial. The pink tennis ball exemplifies him being surrounded by white people during this trial. Another connection that can be based on this image is the black community in Maycomb being surrounded by the white community.