Core to the concept of the Spiral of Injustice is the recognition of “the other.” The model engages participants to understand how everyday societal practices have created individuals who are viewed as “the other” and to oppose the marginalization of any group within the fabric of our community. “The other” is defined as an individual who is perceived by the group as not belonging, as being different in some fundamental way; often targeted because of association with a group based on class, race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ability, nationality or religious preference.
Employed to deepen understanding of the model, the Center designed “The Faces of Idaho” as a rotating display within the Memorial. The display spotlights a broad spectrum of Idaho residents under the tagline “Seeing me is not knowing me.” Each display introduces both a person and his/her identity statement – providing a face to those who some might view as “the other.”
Learners reflect on the value of diversity, the necessity for understanding, and the importance of taking action to confront injustice.