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Xenophobia, from the Greek ξένος (xénos, foreign) + φόβος (phobos, fear) is a fear of that which is inherently other. Xenophobia is inherent in human history and human nature to some degree.[1] Examples of xenophobia are evident in common American culture, such as the fear of the influx of Mexican culture in the border states.

Technically, xenophobia is not racism; xenophobia refers to a fear or dislike of different or foreign cultures and beliefs that are generally unknown to the phobic person while racism is the feeling of superiority to a specific race.[2]


  1. Edward Said, "Orientalism."
  2. http://www.differencebetween.net/language/difference-between-xenophobia-and-racism/