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Jackie Robinson (poem)

Jackie Robinson (poem)

1. Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play professional baseball. Even though he was just as skilled or more skilled than everyone else, he was a different race than everyone else. This led to many critics and racist people angry to have an African American playing in the big leagues. To say Jackie Robinson “faced difficult challenges” would be an understatement. Robinson received countless racist insults and threats from people,“all because his skin was a different shade.” The feeling of having almost everyone who watches him play hate him, can only be described as the feeling of being the other.

2. Jackie Robinson was discriminated against and put in the position of the other many times. This is similar to To Kill a Mockingbird when Scout was curious about being a lawyer, and was told that because she was a girl that she can’t be one. Robinson was told he couldn’t play baseball because of his race, and Scout was told that she couldn’t be a lawyer because of her gender. Being put in the position of the other may be caused by different things, but are really all for the same, unfair, reasons.

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Rosa Parks (video)

Rosa Parks (video)

1. Rosa Parks was an African American who refused to give up her bus seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. As a result of the racist laws that existed at the time, Parks was arrested. Her in addition to many other African Americans were arrested for not moving to the back of the bus when a bus driver asked them to. During the video, the narrator states, “The racist laws of the Jim Crow south” when talking about Parks’s arrest. This shows that society as a whole supported segregation and the othering of African Americans, not just the one bus driver who had Parks arrested. The narrator mentions, “Several other women had been arrested for the same offense.” Rosa Parks along with other women had been othered during the 1950s, and arrested for their race alone.

2. The story of Rosa Parks directly lines up with To Kill a Mockingbird and the racism that occured in Maycomb. When Tom Robinson was arrested for being accused of rape, although he was guilty, the racist society that he lived in caused him to get arrested. Both Maycomb and Montgomery were towns/cities in which othering occured because of one's race.

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The Holocaust

The Holocaust

1. During the Holocaust, Hitler and the Nazis of Germany were working to eliminate every single man, women, and child of Jewish faith in Germany. They used extremely violent methods to do so, and ended up killing millions of Jews. “By 1945, the Germans and their collaborators killed nearly two out of every three European Jews.” The extreme othering that occurred during the time of Hitler and the Nazis was so extreme that the majority of the Jewish population in Germany was cut down to a third. Although Jews were their main target, “German authorities persecuted homosexuals and others whose behavior did not match prescribed social norms.” Hitler and Nazis had an extreme method of othering people, and literally killed them because they did were not the same as him in terms of religion, and more.

2. Maycomb country and Germany were alike in some ways, at the time of To Kill a Mockingbird and the Holocaust. Although what took place in Germany was much more severe than what did in Maycomb, both are prime examples of people becoming victims of othering. In Germany the Jews were the victim of Hitler and the Nazis, and in Maycomb the entire black population was victims of the majority of the white population.

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Spanish Inquisition

Spanish Inquisition

1. The Spanish Inquisition was an attempt to rid Spain of non-Christians. This meant that anybody of Jewish or Muslim faith was othered, and wanted out of the country. Jews and Muslims were given the option, to either become Christian or leave the country, "Jews faced increased persecution and were pressured to convert to Christianity." But the majority of people stayed loyal, and the end result of the Spanish Inquisition was devastating. Once the Spanish Inquisition was over, "some 300,000 had been expelled from Spain entirely." The massive number of people expelled from Spain clearly put all Muslims and Jews who no longer live in there in the position of "the other."

2. The othering that occurred during the Spanish Inquisition was very similar to that which occurred in Maycomb in To Kill a Mockingbird. In both Maycomb and Spain, there is a group that is trying to get the other out of where they are living. In the Spanish Inquisition that group is the Christians trying to get rid of the Jews and Muslims, and in Maycomb, a lot of white people want to get rid of the black people. Although what occurred Maycomb and Spain was at different times and in different parts of the world, the same unjust othering is occurring, when one person thinks he is better than another.

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