The Salem witch trials accused innocent people as witches. The people accused were known to be different
and because of their difference
they were targeted. The Salem Witch Trials started as rumors and ended with many innocent deaths. The foundation of the trials were because of the difference
between the accusers and accused.
Today high schools and junior highs are in a way very similar to the Salem witch trials. In some cases, teens start rumors against the people that they do not like or are just different
from them. For example, in my class, the teachers mentioned how the trials related to Mean Girls
, a movie that displays how different
people and groups of students in high school act toward one another. The Puritans that started the witch rumors are like the four girls that started many rumors regarding their teachers and classmates. The rumors in Mean Girls
and the Salem witch trials caused emotional and physical pain against the targeted people.
From a more U.S. history perspective, throughout the decades and millennia, there was segregation among the African Americans and Caucasians. As everyone knows, there was a time period in the United States where African American and Caucasian did not mix. The Caucasians looked down upon the African Americans because their skin tone was different
. This part of history caused so much discrimination and pain for the African Americans, just like how the "witches" felt pain for being unjustly killed for their differences
In all, throughout history, one's difference
led to various haunting results. In the Salem witch trials people that were not like Puritans were killed off; in Mean Girls
rumors were made to destroy another's reputation because of the cliques they were in; in American history the African American's difference in physical features caused discrimination and took away equality amongst all Americans. What are some ways to stop situations like the Salem witch trials, Mean Girls, or the segregation between different races? What are ways we can join to become one (literally)?