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Bloggings: What is the difference between xenophobia and racism? by Roger Algase

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Danielle Beach-Oswald, in her excellent discussion of anti-immigrant xenophobia (ID 12/16) cites Patrick Buchanan as an example. Her comments about Buchanan and about xenophopia in general are so well written that it is difficult to add anything to them. I would only mention in addition that Buchanan's statement, quoted in her comment, implying that "Euro-Americans" should "take back" America is not only xenophobic, but openly racist. It is just another way of saying that America belongs to white people only. It is also far from the only statement Buchanan has made to this effect over the years.


For those of us who have been following Buchanan's career for a long time, it is also noteworthy that Buchanan has often been accused of being anti-Semitic, even by right wing commentators who agree with him on most other issues. While Buchanan denies being anti-Semitic, he has a long record of defending various Nazi war criminals. This is not exactly a way to promote religious or racial tolerance in America.


Buchanan's example should also be a lesson for people who think that hatred against Mexican immigrants, which so many politicians, including all the major Republican candidates, are using in one form or another to gain votes, can be limited to the unpopular minority du jour. It cannot and is not. Scratch someone who hates Latinos (or Muslims), and there is a good chance that you may find a person who also hates Jews, African-Americans, Asians, or whichever other minorities also come to mind.


America is a country of minorities. There are few of us whose ancestors were not the targets of prejudice or hatred because of their background, including immigrants from almost every part of Europe. We should bear this in mind before attacking the latest groups of people to come to our shores.


 


 



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  1. Danielle Beach 's Avatar
    Well stated and you took it much further in the arsenal of words.
  2. Roger Algase's Avatar
    Danielle, thank you for all of your articles pinpointing so many of the things that are wrong with our immigration system. As far as the detention system that you and Matt Kolken have been writing about so eloquently is concerned, the best that can be said is that if Kim Jong-Il had been in charge, it would be even worse - slightly.

    It was difficult for me to write about Patrick Buchanan without simply exploding. 15 or 20 years ago, when he was defending Nazis as a columnist for Murdoch's New York Post, I wrote the Post a number of letters giving Buchanan a piece of my mind.

    Surprisingly, the Post printed some of them, including one in which I suggested that Buchanan himself should be deported. They gave it a cute title, which I still remember: "See you, Mr. Buchanan".
  3. uk immigration solicitors's Avatar
    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".
  4. Roger Algase's Avatar
    I trust that none of the attributes of xenophobia described so clearly and thoroughly in the comment of uk immigration solicitors would apply to Mr. Cameron, who has pledged to reduce immigration to that country?
  5. אילוף כלבים's Avatar
    This is for those of us who have been following my profession for years, it is also popular that I have often been charged of being anti semitic, even by right side experts who acknowledge with him on most other concerns.
  6. מזון לכלבים's Avatar
    There are few of us whose forefathers were not the objectives of tendency or hate because of their qualifications, such as immigration from almost every aspect of European countries.
  7. anabolic steroids's Avatar
    Xenophobia, a worry of guests or of that which is international. While racism explain elegance on an cultural or social basis.
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