Every piece of news can become an emotional landmine (Verily). When the news around you is upsetting or chaotic it can be hard to understand. To eliminate confusion, “increasing the number of interactions one has with different groups of people can help reduce biases and prejudices, which can make it easier for the brain to relate to others and their emotions” (Verily). Emotions are an example of otherness because a person's emotions can get in the way of facts and have an impact on the way they view things. Emotions related to otherness relates to the story To Kill a Mockingbird in a couple of different places. It was clearly seen when Atticus tries to explain to Jem and Scout how important it is to have empathy for others, “you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view - until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” (Lee 39). Atticus is a very empathetic person, he tries to explain to his children how emotions can get in the way of your best judgement. Atticus is a great lawyer because his emotions are very real and accurate, he does a good job of explaining this skill to his children.
Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play in the MLB and on April 15, 1947 the Brooklyn Dodgers started him at first base. Jackie broke the race barrier in the MLB when he played. But because of his skin color, not every city, every team or every player were accepting of him. Prior to playing in the MLB Jackie Robinson played in the Negro League with all of the other African American players. African Americans were not accepted in the major and minor baseball leagues because of racism in the United States. Racism is an example of otherness because it shows one race being superior to another. The story of Jackie Robinson's acceptance relates to the story To Kill a Mockingbird in many ways. One way is when Jem, Scout and Dill were trying to look in the windows at Boo Radley's house. When they were spotted the three of them had to run back over a fences and through the collard patch. Mr. Radley fired his shotgun and everyone in the neighborhood just assumed he shot "at a negro in his collard patch" (Lee 72), instead of taking the time to find out what the real story was. Thankfully there is much less racism in baseball today. Players like Jackie Robinson played a big role in making sure it was fair for everyone to play, for that reason his jersey number 42 was retired in 1997.
The number of women athletes at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang was a record breaking 43% (Reuters). It is exciting to see the United States bring home medals. It is even more exciting to see gold medals for teams that we least expect it like Women's Hockey or Men's Curling. Women at the 2018 Winter Olympics are also receiving more media attention than ever before (Reuters). Gender inequality is an example of otherness because it shows how one gender can be viewed more favorably than another. When gender inequality is a reason for something to not happen, it is disappointing. There is no reason why men Figure Skaters should be treated differently than women or that women Snowboarders should be treated differently than men. Gender inequality was seen a couple of times in the story To Kill a Mockingbird. An example was when Aunt Alexandra wanted Scout to wear a dress, not pants and to act more ladylike (Lee 108). Wearing different clothes wouldn’t have changed the character that Scout was. Scout was very opinionated, strong willed, and passionate. The clothing that she wore would not change her personality traits.