1. As a young girl, Malala Yousafzai defied the Taliban in Pakistan and demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education. In Pakistan, times were rough. People feared that they would be shot or harassed by the Taliban. No one spoke out publically. The town were Malala lived was in constant fear and was slowly breaking down. Girls school's were shutting down and people were leaving to find a new town to live in. Malala had been speaking up for girls education, which had been lacking. Since she had been standing out, she began to be noticed in Pakistan and around the world, which the Taliban despised. One day she was on the bus going to school when two masked Taliban, a gunman boarded the bus. One of the men shot "Malala in the head, neck and shoulder" ("Malala's"). They thought this would make her campaign weaker, but she grew stronger and so did her campaign. She was brutally injured and was rushed to the hospital. However, miraculously, she survived. After that, she met many inspirational and famous people who helped her with her campaign. Malala succeeded in her goal. She "meets with girls around the world and many heads of state, carrying her message of girls’ education and equality" ("Malala's"). Malala was "othered" in Pakistan because she was standing out, she was speaking up, and she was making the change. She also was a girl, which at the time and location was very difficult and she had to be more alert than boys did of the Taliban. The Taliban felt like she was getting too powerful and they felt like they didn't like the "other" was standing up against them so they shot her. 2. Malala can relate to Scout Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird". Both of them are female and have been criticized or punished because of their genders. Specifically, towards the beginning of the novel, Jem told Scout that she was beginning to act more like a girl every day. Scout is being criticized by Jem and like Malala they both have to deal with people harassing them about their gender. Also, both women hold good morals and affect the world positively. They are both brave and stand up for what they believe is right
1. This is Elizabeth Eckford. She was one of the brave nine black students who made up the Little Rock Nine. Her and eight other children were to integrate into an all-white school in Little Rock, Aransas in 1957. When Elizabeth Eckford arrived, a group of angry white protesters stood outside the schools chanting things like “Two, four, six eight, we don't want to integrate!” ("In").The National Guard was also at the school that day. Elizabeth Eckford said that she thought they were there to protect her. However she "realized that they were barring me, that I wouldn’t go to school"("In"). The young students felt threatened and terrified as they attempted to attend the school. The group of students that made up the Little Rock Nine felt "othered" because they were in an environment where nobody wanted them. They could feel the hatred as people ferociously yelled at them to go home. A statue has been created in honor of their bravery for desegregating a high school in Arkansas. 2. Elizabeth Eckford and the other members of the Little Rock Nine can relate to Tom Robinson, in "To Kill a Mockingbird". Both people feel "othered" because of the hatred that they felt just because they were black. When Tom was sent to court, he wasn't the favorite. People almost knew that he was going to be pleaded guilty, just because of his race. Jem is upset that his father lost his case but Atticus tries to teach him that "In our courts when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s, the white man always wins. They’re ugly, but those are the facts of life.” (Lee 295). Tom sat there hopeless because he knew of his race the jury would vote against him and he would be sent to jail. Elizabeth Eckford can relate to this because as she tried to enter the school she felt terrified. She thought that she would be able to enter but instead, people yelled at her and forced her to leave. Both Elizabeth and Tom felt the malevolence of the white people as they were shamed and yelled at by society.
1. “Where Is The Love?” is a song by The Black Eyed Peas talks about police brutality, racism, and terrorism. Racism connects to the "other" the most. People in society are ignorant of the fact that people are different. They do not understand that you have to accept people for who they are, and not discriminate against them. One of the lines in the song is "I think the whole world's addicted to the drama, Only attracted to the things that'll bring a trauma" ("The"). The writer of the song was trying to demonstrate that the world is a big ball of hate. Whether it is about war or racism, hate is everywhere and can't be ignored. The song is trying to teach people about the hatred that exists in the world, but there can still be love. A couple lines in the song are dedicated to talking about racism. It says "But if you only have love for your own race, Then you only leave space to discriminate, And to discriminate only generates hate" ("The"). People allow discrimination to happen because they are afraid of the "other". They do not allow themselves to get to know other people before they make assumptions that they are "bad" just because of the color of their skin. 2. "Where is the Love?" can relate to the black folks in "To Kill a Mockingbird". They understand how it feels to be left out and alone in a world of white people who harshly criticise them because of their skin color. Tom Robinson can connect to them because he was convicted of a crime that he didn't commit. Atticus says “...some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral… but this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men” (Lee 273). He, unlike most people, dismissed the hate and welcomed the love for black people. He knows that everyone is equal, which is what the song is trying to portray.
1. This picture shows a group of women marching for their rights. Women deserve to have the same rights as men and shouldn't have to be the afterthought. They walked through the streets of big cities and small towns, trying to have their voices heard. The sign "Unity, Peace, Equality" is what they are fighting for. They want that for every woman. Whether they are women with disabilities or immigrants, they are all worth fighting for. The movement is a battle for gender equality, which has been lacking and needing improvement. Most of the women wore pink hats as a symbol of femininity. All of these women felt "othered" or left out of place in society because their rights weren't as important as men. 2. This movement can relate to the women in "To Kill a Mockingbird". During the trial the jury was made up of only men, there were no women. Atticus told Jem that "For one thing, Miss Maudie can’t serve on a jury because she’s a woman". In Maycomb, people view women in a certain way. They are gentle and frail and are meant to stay at home with the children. Women are also viewed like this in days society and they are protesting that they can do anything men can.