What are some examples of ostracism, such as signs like the star of David during the Nazi era?an example is teh star david. during when hitler was taking over germany. he made jews were teh star...

What are some examples of ostracism, such as signs like the star of David during the Nazi era?

an example is teh star david.

during when hitler was taking over germany. he made jews were teh star david on there left arm i believe. that separated them from normal people...

i need a couple more examples. please.=]]

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The Scarlett Letter is an example of ostracism. A woman has an affair and has to wear a red A to tell others that she had done so. The purpose is to publicly shame the woman and avoid others from associating with her.
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Many cultures have imposed clothing laws on prostitutes; green coats, yellow-striped veils, or colored hair, depending on the place and time.

In American colonies, Puritans sometimes branded the faces of Quakers or "witches" when times were tough or when things went wrong.

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Another example of ostracism that has been used against many types of people is physical appearance. Hitler wanted his troops and followers to look "Aryan", blond and light skinned. His followers had poster of what "the Jewish look" was and how to avoid those people. But let's face it, many cultures had excluded people because of the color of their skin. Ostracism based on religion and/or physical appearance did not originate or stop with Hitler. In the United States, the entire civil rights movement was designed to abolish the ostracism associated with peoples' skin color. In many places like Iraq and Darfur, people are still being ostracized because of religion. Mankind seems to keep finding new ways to keep out people who do not conform to their own group out of society.

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Well, the original example of ostracism (where the word comes from) is found in the practice in classical Greece of voting to exile certain prominent citizens from the community.

 

Throughout much of European history, Jews were forced to live in separate communities; the Jewish ghettos are still extant in many larger European cities. Jews were also cast completely out of some nations; in 1492, for example, Fernando and Isabel sent all Jews out of Spain (crippling their economy in the process, by the way).

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