On the anniversary of Patrick Henry’s stirring words at the 1775 Virginia Convention, take a look back at the speech that included the famous line, “Give me liberty or give me death!” At this time, Americans were the 'other' to English society. And then, Patrick Henry took a stand against the redcoats; he sparked a call to arms that led to the Americans rebelling against the British. Throughout Henry's speech, he is calling for the Americans to go to arms against the British. He convinces and rallies the house by telling them what the British have done to them; "our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne…we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts is all that is left us!” The way that Henry shows how the Americans have been mistreated by the British attests to Americans being othered in society, but also to all forms of being the other. The name of the speech and Henry's most famous quote, "Give me liberty or give me death," shows the extreme otherness of Americans at the time. For someone to be willing to go to the extent of death for freedom, you would have to imagine that they are very oppressed at the time. It would be unconscionable for someone to rather die than be in their current situation unless society deemed them an 'other.' 2.) Patrick Henry can compare to the character Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. Both of them are 'others' in their respective worlds because of what they stand for. Atticus is a n----- lover to the Maycomb community, which would make him an outcast at the time. Unlike Atticus, Patrick Henry was not an outcast to his immediate society, but to the British. Both men attempt to inspire their listeners with words, not actions. Patrick Henry's liberty or death speech has many parallels to Atticus' testimony on the Tom Robinson case. Both men were inspiring leaders, who fought in situations against all the odds.
Inspired by Colin Kaepernick's protest, high school athletes, and others are putting a spotlight back on police brutality. A bit of background info on this picture would be; these are NFL players who are taking a knee for the national anthem and are risking their careers. The middle player, Colin Kaepernick is now unsinged and out of the league, and the player to our right is Eric Reid, who is also unsigned throughout free agency so far. They are exemplifying the other at the time of this silent protest because they were the first to start a historical movement. Later more than half of NFL players, of all ethnicities joined the movement. But these three were the ones to take a stand risk it all. They are exemplifying the other because the average people heavily scrutinized them, and so did the president. Two of them are unemployed, and by the time the third is up for a contract renewal, I suspect he will be too. But this, this is what it takes to take a stand, the courage to step up for what you believe in and not worry about personal implications. 2.) Colin Kaepernick and his teammates are relatable to Dolphus Raymond in To Kill A Mockingbird. Raymond is a white man who is friendly with the black community, and because of that, he is exiled from the white society. Despite not drawing many exact parallels, the situation is similar in the NFL. Kaepernick took a stand, and disagreed with the greater community, but suffered for it. As said earlier he is now unemployed and banished from the NFL. Both men were 'others' in society, and paid the price.
To the editor: The term "sports hero" is widely used but rarely appropriate. The abilities to throw, run and jump, may be admirable, but do those qualities truly display heroism. A sports hero isn't someone who won championships or won MVP; a sports hero is someone who is more than an athlete. Someone like Muhammad Ali, who could take a stand for what he believes in. Ali knew what to take a stand, and he didn't care about personal implications; Had he accepted military induction for a war he adamantly felt was immoral, he certainly would have been insulated from danger. But he stood on principle and sacrificed a fighter's prime years as he was stripped of his title and vilified. But he never backed down." Ali was not only able to take a stand, but he was another to society and learned to deal with it. Ted, the government, believed that Ali's platform and ideas would be a danger to them; "'Mr. Ali, these are students from California who are big fans of yours.' His face lit up and he began to walk haltingly toward us. Immediately, two bodyguards grabbed him and pulled him away from us and into the building where he was to testify before a Senate committee about Parkinson's disease." Despite being a great boxer, and celebrity Ali's beliefs still made him an 'other' in society. 2.) Tom Robinson can draw many comparables to Muhammad Ali. Just like Ali, Tom was an other to the community and was an excuse for someone else's actions. Muhammad Ali being put through a trial for Parkinson's disease was a fallback for the US government, who realized that the war didn't make much sense. Tom Robinson, a black man, was the man who was blamed for the actions of white man, Bob Ewell. In both instances, it was easier for the ones in power to blame someone else, who opposed them.
On March 12, 1930, Indian independence leader Mohandas Gandhi began a defiant march to the sea in protest of the British monopoly on salt, his boldest act of civil disobedience yet against British rule in India. He was the catalyst for a revolution, he spurned British jurisdiction in India and defied their policies. Gandhi sparked a revolution differently than Patrick Henry, Henry used words to inspire his people, but Gandhi led by example. When Gandhi and his minuscule following left Sabarmati, no one would have expected his movement to be so empowering. He defied the British throughout his journey; "All along the way, Gandhi addressed large crowds, and with each passing day an increasing number of people joined the salt satyagraha. By the time they reached Dandi on April 5, Gandhi was at the head of a crowd of tens of thousands. Gandhi spoke and led prayers and early the next morning walked down to the sea to make salt." Gandhi didn't just tell his people what they should do and then not do the same, no, if he instructed his followers to do something, he would do it with them. Although Gandhi was the spearhead of the movement, his words inspired others enough so that they weren't dependent on him; 'Gandhi himself was arrested on May 5, but the satyagraha continued without him." Ghani and all Indians were the other to the British at the time, and Gandhi was the one to take a stand. 2.) Mohandas Gandhi and the movement he led draws many comparisons to Harper Lee and the story she wrote, To Kill A Mockingbird. Gandhi was more physically involved than Harper Lee in his movement, but both inspired many other people to take a stand. When To Kill A Mockingbird was written, most white folks believed that race integration was immoral and dangerous; therefore a white woman writing such a controversial book seemed unfeasible. As did Gandhi starting the salt march and sparking an Indian call to arms against the British. Both Lee and Gandhi pit fuel on the fire to their respective movements, despite having separate deliveries.