1.) This poem highlights how segregated our world really is, and the effects that this segregation has on mankind. In the first stanza, the poem states, "This world is divided By boundaries Of love, Of hate, Of differences". Essentially, the poet is trying to express how differences between people create unfair biases towards who they think are the "others". The author continues to elaborate on this thought throughout the rest of the poem, writing, "Brothers have turned on brother, Neighbour on neighbour, Child on child, Because of this word: Different. Black or brown, White or asian, All are divided With words of segregation". 2) To Kill a Mockingbird and this poem are very similar. Both works show how differences unfortunately lead to conflict very often. In the historical fiction novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, the difference that creates problems is race. White people are considered superior to blacks, and the black community is generally treated unfairly and with no respect. In the poem, there is no specific example of segregation, but rather a general explanation of how society is effected by the ignorant views on those who are different from one-other.
1) On the night of February 26th, 2012, a 17 year old Trayvon Martin was visiting his father's house. That night, " George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, Florida, calls 911 to report a suspicious person in the neighborhood". Trayvon Martin was this suspicious someone. Zimmerman was instructed to "... not to get out of his SUV or approach the person". The officer disregarded these instructions and shot Trayvon Martin, killing him. Zimmerman was eventually put into custody for his actions, and the case went to court. He was tried for killing Martin because of his skin color (black), which seems like it was the reason behind the crime. However, the jury concluded that Zimmerman was not guilty because the murder was "self defense". Had Martin have been white the trial most likely would have gone differently, or he could have been sparred from murder entirely. 2) This case can relate to To Kill a Mockingbird, as both deal with crimes in which the outcome was decided unfairly due to racial discrimination. The Tom Robinson trial can also relate to this article, because both Robinson and Martin were black, which caused them to lose the trial.
1) In this picture, we can see how Jewish People were othered because of their religion. It shows a shelf-like structure that has 3 men per section, who are barley clothed. There is also a man in the right side of the photo who is extremely skinny, showing that the Nazis neglected him of food. 2) This image is similar to TKAM, because they both give an example of how minority groups are often othered by non-minorities. In the image, The Jewish are being persecuted for their religion, and in TKAM, blacks are racially profiled by whites. For example, in Tom Robinson's trial, he was accused of raping Mayella Ewell, even though he clearly did not. The evidence shown made it very clear that he was not associated with the crime, however due to the jury's racial biases against blacks, he was convicted of the crime.
1) Throughout all of history, women have been considered to be inferior to men, up until the past hundred years or so. An example of women being othered because of their gender is how, "During America’s early history, women were denied some of the basic rights enjoyed by male citizens". These basic rights that women were denied include the right to vote. The movement towards women's rights started, "In 1890, when the NWSA and the AWSA merged to form the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). The new organization’s strategy was to lobby for women’s voting rights on a state-by-state basis". However some states would fight this right for almost another century, until Mississippi, the last state to adopt the right, did so on March 22, 1984. 2) This article can relate to the gender discrimination we see in To Kill a Mockingbird. In To Kill a Mockingbird, we see Jem portray women as annoying and ignorant people. For example, when Scout wants to play with Jem and Dill, Jem says Scout cannot "act like a girl" in order to play. Contrary to Jem's words, Scout is also told to act more like a lady by Aunt Alexandra. This shows that during that time people other women who do not conform to societal norms