Being An Other By Melissa Algranati

1294 WordsMay 1, 20176 Pages
What is the obsession with people’s need of identification? People need to understand that we all are different, not everybody can fit into a group. In her article, “Being an Other,” Melissa Algranati gives a personal narrative of her life and her parent 's life and how they faced discrimination and her struggles about being identified as an “other” even though she was an American born jewish and Puerto Rican. Michael Omi’s article “In Living Color: Race and American Culture” reinforces Algranati’s article since in his article he discusses about people ideas about race the stereotypes that they face. They have the same thought that Americans is obsessed with labelling people, they both discuss people’s assumptions of others based on how…show more content…
We also become disoriented when people do not act “black,” “Latino,” or indeed “white.” (Omi 627) Algranati is arguing that Americans want everyone to classified as an ethnicity or culture, but if anyone have multiple ethnicities or multiple cultures, they are classified as an other.The classification of an other dehumanizes a person,because an other is a foreigner. When she mentions “inner-ethnic”she 's describing most of the people in the US, the people in the US today are a melting pot of races and cultures. She feels like the US is forgetting about an “other.” Her tone is upset because she did not only have one culture, she had two and the PSAT only gave individual cultures and ethnicity, and the option of other. She had to choose other because she identified as more than one culture, but she could only pick one. When Omi uses words like unfamiliar and discomfort, it explains how the a lot of people are unfamiliar with a person’s race and they kind of feel the unknown, and Algranati is the unknown because she is an “other,” which is not a race. Algranati feels discomfort when she is classified as an “other.” Similarly, Omi discusses the discomfort people feel when they see someone racially mixed, and in Algranati’s article the people that are mixed are the “other.” They both argue about the assumption people make based on a person’s physical appearance. Omi argues

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