Xenophobia is the fear of that which is perceived to be foreign or strange. Xenophobia can manifest itself in many ways involving the relations and perceptions of an ingroup towards an outgroup, including a fear of losing identity, suspicion of its activities, aggression, and desire to eliminate its presence to secure a presumed purity. Xenophobia can also be exhibited in the form of an “uncritical exaltation of another culture” in which a culture is ascribed “an unreal, stereotyped and exotic quality”
Xenophobia is the fear of that which is perceived to be foreign or strange.
Dictionary definitions of xenophobia include: “deep-rooted, fear towards foreigners” (Oxford English Dictionary; OED), and “fear of the unfamiliar.”
I like to say it’s the root of all racism.
Getting a job as a greeter with the United Nations is probably not the best career option for someone who suffers from xenophobia, a fear of foreigners or strangers.
Xenophobia has its roots in fear — literally. Phobia comes from the Greek word meaning “fear.” Given that the fear in question is of strangers, it makes sense that xeno- comes from the Greek word for — you guessed it — “stranger, foreigner.” In the case of xenophobia, the fear is irrational. Someone who is xenophobic might distrust a neighbor he’s never met, or a sheikh who lives halfway around the world. Xenophobia is like racism, but instead of fearing or distrusting people because of the color of their skin, you fear or distrust them because of their nationality, or because they are — or seem — foreign to you.
Racism is all about power, the fear of losing power and the quest to get power by keeping others not like you, down trodden. Poor people and oppressed people and people who are subservient can never be racists. Racism is about wealth, control and power. Those who are poor, subservient or not in control do not have the necessary tools to be racists.
Racism is taught to infants and children by adults, parents and the environment we grow up in and around. No child is expert in being a racists. No infant enters this world from it’s mother’s womb hating those of other skin tones. Babies know not what cultures are, let alone how one culture differs from the next.
If we humans really wanted to erase racism, all we need do is stop teaching it to our children.