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Climate change, misogyny, greed, xenophobia: Smith has at them all, naming names.
In an era in which xenophobia reigns, Cabello’s multiculturalism is its own form of stealthy resistance.
The Big Sick would go on to sell for $12 million dollars, and the positive press to follow cast its success as a rebuke to presidential xenophobia — the right reassuring story to tell ourselves, about ourselves.
But as long as ecologists have warned about the danger of invasive species, others have asked whether this kind of language—which carries connotations of war and xenophobia—could cloud the science and make rational discussion more difficult.
Progressives might be better served by addressing that viewpoint head on and eschewing clarion calls of xenophobia in favor of a frank and honest debate on how an immigration system ought to work.
And what Russia exploits, to turn them into devices of American and Western self-destruction, is xenophobia.
But for all of its tech prowess, the country has light years to go on race and xenophobia.
There, prime minister Viktor Orban has made xenophobia and E.U.-bashing central to his agenda.
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Did You Know?
If you look back to the ancient Greek terms that underlie the word xenophobia, you'll discover that xenophobic individuals are literally "stranger fearing." Xenophobia, that elegant-sounding name for an aversion to persons unfamiliar, ultimately derives from two Greek terms: xenos, which can be translated as either "stranger" or "guest," and phobos, which means either "fear" or "flight." Phobos is the ultimate source of all English -phobia terms, but many of those were actually coined in English or New Latin using the combining form -phobia (which traces back to phobos). Xenophobia itself came to us by way of New Latin and first appeared in print in English in the late 19th century.
Origin and Etymology of xenophobia
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