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Other:
Referring quite simply to “those who are not me/us,” this term has taken on a special significance for many philosophers, ethicists, and educators who are concerned with issues of multiculturalism, pluralism, and diversity.  The term is sometimes italicized or put in quotations to draw attention to this special usage.

An “other” in this context is someone who is “not me” or “not us” in some significant way.  For example, women are “others” for men, and African Americans are “others” for Hispanic Americans.  The challenge of multiculturalism, as many see it, is to acknowledge, respect, and celebrate the diversity of others present in a pluralistic society.

This list is compiled from a variety of sources by the Office of Racial Justice and Multi-Racial, Multi-Cultural Transformation, United Church of Christ, Cleveland Based Team, Fall 2006

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