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Othering as a concept and action was first brought to my attention involving the Japanese in the 1940s. Many posrters and such were made showing the evil japs to foster hatred of “the enemy” - this has ben going on for millennia.

The term may be fairly newish but the concept and actions have been with us a long long time.

Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Inventions did a song called “We are the Other People” whose refrain included the line “You’re the other people too!” which pretty much sums up the difference between us and them - we are both other people:

Do it again!
Do it again!

We are the other people
We are the other people
You're the other people too
Found a way to get to you...
Do you think that I'm crazy?
Out of my mind?
Do you think that I creep in the night
And sleep in a phone booth?
Lemme take a minute & tell you my plan
Lemme take a minute & tell who I am
If it doesn't show
Think you better know
I'm another person
Do you think that my pants are too tight
Do you think that I'm creepy?
Lemme take a minute & tell you my plan
Lemme take a minute & tell who I am
If it doesn't show
Think you better know
I'm another person (the verse that really
Goes here has been censored out &
Recorded backwards in a special section
At the end of side one...)
We are the other people
We are the other people
You're the other people too
Found a way to get to you
We are the other people
We are the other people
You're the other people too
Found a way to get to you
Do you think that I love you...
Stupid & blind?
Do you think that I dream through the
Night
Of holding you near me?

Lemme take a minute & tell you my plan
Lemme take a minute & tell who I am
If it doesn't show
Think you better know
I’m another person



Lou Judson

Intuitive Audio

415-883-2689

On Apr 27, 2016, at 9:23 PM, David Breneman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Von: "Richard L. Hess" <[log in to unmask]>
> 
>> As to the term "othering" it refers to the process of defining some 
>> group as "the other." As in NOT "us." This is often a precursor to 
>> attempting to diminish "the other" since they are not like "us" and 
>> therefore inferior. I'll leave it to your imagination and knowledge of 
>> history to envision what happens when "the other" becomes the scapegoat 
>> for general societal ills.
> 
> The English language has a perfectly good word to describe this
> behavior: Bigotry.  It's not necessary to make up new, rather
> ambiguous words to describe it.  I weep for my native tongue.
> 
> If my objection to "other" makes me an other to the others
> here, I embrace my otherness and wear it as another badge
> of honor.  :-)  Long live the others.
>