Being the “other”
BEING THE “OTHER” 4
Whileat 4thgrade, it was made apparent to me that being a strong Christian mademe the “other”. My teacher, who was a communist and atheist,openly ridiculed me before the entire class for being a Christian. Itis vital to point out that I did not realize that being a Christianwould make me be the “other” until I joined school. The atheistteacher made me stand before the other students not to say anythinggood about me, but to ridicule me for being a Christian. It was clearthat the teacher made me feel like the “other” and this made mefeel awful and rejected. I felt as being not part of the society,especially because I believed I had done nothing wrong.
Sincethe moment the atheist teacher opened up about my religion, I was thesubject of fixation by all the teachers. I received low grades on allmy examinations from the other teachers. In addition, the aspect ofbeing described as the “other” subjected me to being described asan outcast in that college. It is imperative to note a majority ofthe immigrants into the United States were seeking profits andreligious freedom (Gabaccia, 2012). My father being a pastor had tomigrate with his family to America to seek religious freedom.However, the arrival in America opens new realities that theimmigrants are different from the natives (Gabaccia, 2012). Thegreatest challenge was the language barrier since we could not talkin English and also we knew little about the American culture.
Althoughwe had financial constraints and we had to work with my brotherinstead of schooling, I was able to achieve my goals ultimately. Itis critical for me to highlight that we received enormous financialsupport from the government. The element of being the “other”helped me to realize the help that immigrants might need. It hashelped me to help other immigrants from within and without myculture. This culture of helping immigrants has extended to my workstation as a nurse.
Gabaccia,D. R. (2012). Foreign relations: American immigration in globalperspective. Princeton: Princeton University Press.