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Racial Otherness

Racial otherness is making a specific race feel left out or judging then on their differences.

A Black Student vs A White Student
usnews.com

A Black Student vs A White Student

1. In this article, Chennel "Jazzy" Rowe was othered. At her college, she was targeted for being black. On multiple accounts, Jazzy was bullied and criticized. She was especially targeted by her roommate, Brianna Brochu. Brianna messed with Jazzy's stuff, called her names and cyber bullied her. After a couple months of staying with Brianna, Jazzy began to get sick constantly. She later finds out that Brianna, "rubbed used tampons on Rowe's bookbag and put her toothbrush "where the sun doesn't shine."... put moldy clam dip in her skin-care products and spit in her coconut oil." Jazzy was hospitalized because of Brochu's actions. On another account, "She also called Rowe a "Jamaican Barbie." The matters on this term are even worse because this is a racial slur.
2. Jazzy's story relates to TKAM because Tom Robinson was targeted for being black. Also in both cases, the victim's were targeted innocently. The stories from both victim's were related because they both should have been counted as hate crimes. Robinson's case should be filed as a hate crime because he was chosen because he was black to cover up the action of an abusive father and his daughter. Robinson had to suffer with jail time and being shot because of the Ewell's. Also, Jazzy's case is a hate crime because Brochu intentionally tried to poison Jazzy.

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The Blacker The Berry
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The Blacker The Berry

1. In the song, The Blacker The Berry, Kendrick Lamar goes into the struggles and issues black people overcame. Also, what the white people did to our people to make us who we are today, what we act like today and what are perspective is in life. Otherness in this sense to me means that, we felt like we were worth nothing and we were just discriminate against. In the lyrics, "You hate me don't you? You hate my people, your plan is to terminate my culture You're f-ing evil I want you to recognize that I'm a proud monkey". The word monkey and the phrase, "go back to the zoo" or anything involving the zoo was used to because since we do have darker skin, wider noses, and bigger lips y'all thought we looked like a monkey. They went as far as too throw banana peels on our houses. Kendrick Lamar used these lyrics to show otherness because we didn't feel as if we were loved since we began feeling as if you were trying to destroy our culture and get rid of us. Lamar also said, "You hate my people, I can tell because it's threats when I see you". Otherness can be spoken through this quote because the African American race, is the main race that is targeted for just being who they are. They feel as if, when they see a white person it is automatically threats to be killed, leched, burned, hung, or incarcerated.
2. Lamar's song related to TKAM because the black citizens of Maycomb experienced struggles living there too. The Maycomb's citizens can relate to this struggle because they were call n-lovers, and n-words. These words are also racial slurs that were used to keep us down under the force of whites. These words made us feel horrible about ourselves.

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‘We’re not racist''
nypost.com

‘We’re not racist''

1. International House of Pancakes, A.K.A IHOP, is a famous restaurant known for how breakfast. Earlier this year in one of their locations in Maine, one of their waitress was accused of racial profiling. In the restaurant in early March, the waitress asked a group of black teens to pay for their food upfront. Meaning that before they got their food, and ate it, they had to pay for it. The otherness in this story was, she didn't make any other table pay upfront and the table was coincidentally all black. Usually, white people claim that they did a certain thing to someone black because they were either, too loud or disrespectful. Gagne, the last name of a witness of this act said, "I heard them order their food and they were respectful and were not loud or rude etc." For the waitress to just make these accusation with the stereotypical problems we made/did. The group of teens were othered because they were forced to pay for their meal so they didn't quote on quote, steal it. Also, the waitress reason for making them pay upfront was because, the "new generation" likes to steal. After being questioned by Gagne, and his family, the waitress made sure to say, "'It’s not because of their color.'" The waitress made this statement without the family even coming straight out and saying it may have been a racial thing. When people say that phrase it usually was because they did something racist because they think making that statement, ‘It’s not because of their color,’” makes everything better and they won't be accounted for their actions.
2. The story of these young children connect to TKAM because in the novel, one of the characters was seen as crazy/nutty because he hung out with black people. This all connects because that were wrongly characterized of what they were going to do and what they were actually gonna do. In the end, the children weren't going to steal their meals and man in the story wasn't crazy like they thought.

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