Passing Judgment on the other

The sociological definition of the Other is, an individual who is perceived by the group as not belonging as being different in some fundamental way. My gallery attempt to look at the effects of judging someone purely by their position as the other. The other is viewed as different, and somehow inferior, and the effects of believing this can be catastrophic. 

United we are strong. United we will win, Koerner, Henry, 1943/1943, From the collection of: Museu do Caramulo
Before an other can be established, a group must be created. Here we can see a group expressed in the form of war propaganda. By virtue that it is propaganda, they want to appear, and be, a group.
War, Go?ndo?r, Bertalan, 1937, From the collection of: Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History
Again we can see elements of the other in propaganda. Here, the other is being established. The picture depicts a man killing another in brutal fashion; a person worthy of being an enemy.
While the Street Organ of the Fuhrer is at War, the Monkey Howls, Gabyshev Lev Mikhailovitch, 1941/1941, From the collection of: The National Art Museum of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
The other can be described in many ways in art. Before we say a brutal enemy, but here we have a comical man. Someone who can not be taken seriously, and should be cast out.
Gassed, Sargent, John Singer (RA), 1919, From the collection of: Imperial War Museums
One of many reasons a society creates an other, is to make it easier to go to war. Killing something less than human is far easier to stomach than realizing you are killing something equal to yourself.
Lincoln Assassination Scene, Library of Congress, Currier and Ives, 1865, Original Source: Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-2073
We can look at specific occasions as the result of passing judgment on the other. John Booth viewed Lincoln as a terrible outsider, one who stood for abolition, and the destruction of the southern way of life.
Reward Poster, 1865-04-20, Original Source: Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site, FOTH 591
But looking from the outside the other is imperceptible. The same way Booth looked at Lincoln as the enemy, Lincoln's supporters viewed Booth as the manifestation of evil.
Portrait of Nini Lopez, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1876, From the collection of: MuMa - Musée d'art moderne André Malraux
The other is aware of their position, and the judgment directed toward them. Murders and mass loss of life at war are some effects, but on a smaller scale, the Other's sadness is apparent.
The effects of judging the Other are clearly visible in society today. A history of slavery and segregation in America have evolved today into the poor living conditions of ghettos.
6.06.11, Owen Dippie, 2011-06-06, From the collection of: Street Art NYC
The easiest way to become aware of the Other as a member of the majority, is to listen. Here we can see and almost hear the voice of a black man, affected by our society's discrimination.
5.26.13, Pablo Mustafa, 2013-05-26, From the collection of: Street Art NYC
Why don't you love me? One of the many forms of judgment is hate. How can hate be rationalised solely because someone is different; the Other?
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