1. This article is about a woman named Jane Elliot who conducted an anti-racism activity. She divided a class of 8-year old children by the color of their eyes. The students were told, "that blue-eyed children weren't as good as brown-eyed or green-eyed ones." Elliot also claimed that the children without blue eyes were smarter and more hard-working. The green and brown eyed children were separated to one side of the room while the blued eyed children were on the other side. They also, received special privileges like extra recess. In this experiment the eye color was just a metaphor for the difference between race, like white and black people. For this article I think that blue eyed children are portrayed as "the other." I think that because while all the brown and green eyed children got to have extra recess, the blue eyed kids had to stay inside and watch. These kids felt left out and unfairly treated which led to jealousy and anger towards the more privileged kids. Almost instantly the classroom vibe and atmosphere changed. With their "new" abilities the, "brown-eyed kids picked on blue-eyed ones, and banded together against them." Now that the kids had learned that some of them are better than others they immediately started to make fun of the blued eyed children. It comes to show that even stuff as little as the difference in eye color can cause chaos and inequality in modern day society. 2. This article is very similar to multiple parts of the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird." One situation that is similar to this article in the book is when Scout is waiting outside the courthouse for Tom Robinson's trial. Scout describes the way the courthouse square looked by saying that all the white people seemed to be having fun with food, and laughter. Next she describes the black people who are separated from the white people. They are all sitting quietly and look miserable. This situation is similar to the article because all the green and brown eyed children are having fun with more privileges, while the blued eyed children are separated from them and quiet.
1. This painting/picture definitely signifies "the other" from a racial standpoint. In the picture we see a group of birds all together and then one bird that is standing all alone on the wire. The group of birds are holding hurtful signs such as "migrants not welcome" and "go back to Africa" and even "keep off our worms." Those signs really hint the viewer that on the outside there is just bunch of birds, but on the inside this is depicting social inequality regarding racism. Also, in the picture the group of birds with the mean signs are larger than the bird standing alone which might signify that the group of birds has a lot more power than the small bird. You can tell by the way the lonely bird sits that it is sad because it faces the other way looking back, as if an outcast of society. 2. This picture/painting is has similar details of "otherness" in "To Kill a Mockingbird" too. I would compare this picture/painting to Atticus and Tom Robinson against the jury and most of Maycomb. These are alike because during Tom Robinson's case Atticus brought fourth viable evidence that proved the fact that Tom Robinson was not guilty. Bob Ewell later even threatened Atticus because he had been embarrased by him in the courtroom. All facts lead to Atticus winning the case, but the jury made a biased opinion and voted Tom guilty. In the image, the big group of birds symbolize the racist citizens of Maycomb and the jury all hating black people. On the other side, the small bird symbolizes the small group of people that treat everyone fairly and want equality.
1. This article focuses on racial profiling in preschool. It explained how black children were more likely to get in trouble than white children. What this suggest is that biases are already beginning to happen in preschool and black 4 year olds are being criminalized by their teachers. Yale University's Child Student Center conducted a study to see if racial preconceptions shape the way the teachers view black boys in particular. They showed numerous clips of well behaved preschool children playing and working together; specifically two boys, one black and one white, and two girls, one black and one white. Even though the children were behaving well, the teachers were asked to look for signs of misbehavior. What the teachers didn't know was that a computer program was tracking each of the teachers eyes as they watched the children. While watching the video, "both black and white teachers watched the black children, especially the boys, longer when looking for signs of trouble." This data backs up the fact that black children, boys especially are being stereotyped to cause trouble when they aren't even in kindergarten yet. Even though this article is about kids I think that in this experiment "the others" are black men because the children are becoming the main focus of misbehavior and they haven't even fully developed yet. Also, out of the four children, 42% percent of the teachers thought the black boy caused the most trouble, while 34% thought the white boy, 13% thought the white girl and 10% percent the black girl. "This brings to mind the 'driving while black' phenomenon, in which police officers stop African-American motorists without cause, or stop-and-frisk practices that predominantly single out blacks." Society is way too quick to judge and we can't just assume that someone is a bad person if there skin is a different color than others. 2. In this article it once again, is related to the "otherness" in "To Kill a Mockingbird." The most specific part of the novel that relates to it is the black community in Maycomb. At one point in the story, Atticus talks about how the white folks in Maycomb have come to an assumption that all black people have bad traits and that none of them are good. However a lot of them have never had a real conversation with one. This relates to the article in a way because the teachers are just assuming that the black boy will misbehave, and in Maycomb most people assume that black people are foul beings.
1. This poem talks about how black lives are being treated poorly by the police and no one is doing anything about it. In today's world the police force has often been brutalizing black people for doing, in some cases, nothing at all. All of this sparks a flare of media claiming things like, "Black man shot by local cop. Claimed the man had a gun." Everyone is arguing about who was in the right or the wrong, when that's not the problem. The real problem is that, "no one can hear them over the gun shots and the crying families all over America who lost their sons or their daughters." Everyone spends too much time talking about ending police brutality and black lives matter and no one is thinking about how the victims families are doing. The black society is being "othered" by the police because of their skin color. They are hurting innocent people who apparently "appear more hostile." 2. This poem only slightly relates to the "otherness" in "To Kill a Mockingbird" because there wasn't much about the police in the novel. However, one thing it could relate to involves Tom Robinson. Just before the case Tom Robinson is being held in a jail cell and a gang of men come to hurt him. Although Atticus ended up stopping them, the men wanted to hurt Tom, just because he is black and allegedly raped Mayella Ewell. This is similar because the poem talks about police hurting black people and how they in the news reports they "thought they had a gun" so harmed them for it. No matter what someone has been accused of, people need to wait until proven guilty instead of acting inhuman with meager evidence.