Othering Essay

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Othering “Othering” defined is a process or a rhetorical device in which one group is seen as “us” and another group as “them”. In my opinion I think the word “othering” can be very simple, and all at the same time very complex. It could be a group of people who separate themselves based on their skin color or their religion. It could also be a group of people who separate themselves based on what someone is wearing. “Othering” comes as part of human nature. It is just built in us to try and be the best, even if that means stepping on other people on the way to the top. Could you imagine a world where we are all truly equal? No one is judging you, or has power over you? “Othering” could be differences in culture and diversity, and what makes each one of us who we are. That makes us an individual and unique. What would the world be like if we all had the same cultural background and beliefs? I think othering can be a good thing. It’s just a matter of what degree it is taken to. Do you remember your elementary and middle school days? I’m sure at one time or another you either experienced “othering” or you were “othering” against others. I remember mine like they were yesterday. Even at the young age of 8 my girlfriends and I were in a sense, “othering”. We had a small group of friends that would wear the same color of hair bow each day of the week. We wouldn’t talk to other girls that didn’t have the same color of hair bows that we did. It didn’t matter if you were the nicest person in the world. If you weren’t the same as us, you were different, therefore we didn’t like you. I’m ashamed at how big of a brat I was back then. I was young and didn’t know any better. I grew up in an all white neighborhood and went to an all white elementary. It was the first day of 7th grade gym class, and Maria walked in. She was from Puerto Rico and spoke Spanish. This was the

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