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Xenophobia, from the Greek ξένος (xénos, foreign) + φόβος (phobos, fear). A fear of that which is inherently other. Xenophobia is inherent in human history and human nature to some degree.[1] Understandable 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; racism is however a manifestation of xenophobia.


  1. Edward Said, "Orientalism."