X Is For Xenophobic

I am writing for the April A to Z challenge under the Category of Other and Miscellaneous and my Theme is Negative personalities and what’s more important is that today X is for xenophobic.  A xenophobic person does not like foreigners or they show dislike or prejudice against people from other countries.  A xenophobic American would be against the immigration policy known as (DACA) Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals that allows some individuals who were brought to the United States illegally as children to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and become eligible for a work permit in the U.S.

DACA and the proposed DREAM Act legislation is currently being negotiated by the Trump administration.  This gets media coverage because it effects a lot of people, but the fate of the DACA program and what may or may not come next is keeping many people guessing about what they should do next.  On January 13th, 2018, a federal judge ordered that DACA be reinstated and that renewal applications continue to be processed and accepted.  Shortly after, due to the order, the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) published guidance that they have resumed accepting DACA renewal applications until further notice.  The DACA policy will be operated on the terms set in place before it was rescinded by the Trump administration on September 5th, 2017.

The word xenophobic comes from a combination of Ancient Greek words (xenos), which means ‘strange’, or ‘foreigner’, and (phobos), which means ‘fear’.  A xenophobic person sees foreigners as not belonging and being out of place and someone that they should fear.  They think that foreign people might be criminals or that they will take jobs away from legal Americans.  The word foreigner as it relates to this post, has nothing to do with the group that wrote that song ‘Juke Box Hero’.

I look at xenophobic people as being un-American, because I have visited the Statue of Liberty that has watched over the New York Harbor since 1886.  Lady Liberty was a gift from the people of France, and on her base is a tablet inscribed with words penned by Emma Lazarus that reads: Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

Shakespeare featured xenophobia as a theme in two of his plays, the Merchant of Venice and in Othello.  Shakespeare was a brilliant writer, who wrote about the controversial racial and religious relations of the time and the English people of his day were xenophobic in their hatred of Jews and foreigners.  J. Edgar Hoover, a former director of the F.B.I., compiled statistics that proved Sicilians have criminal tendencies, but since statistics can be manipulated to say anything, this just proves that Hoover was xenophobic.  The poet T. S. Eliot thought that the American population should be homogeneous saying, “Where two or more cultures exist in the same place they are likely either to be fiercely self-conscious or both to become adulterate.  What is still more important is unity of religious background.  Reasons of race and religion combine to make any large number of free-thinking Jews undesirable.’’

Trump certainly loves himself more than anyone else and his hatred is not limited to just Mexicans.  Mexicans make an easy scapegoat for problems to be blamed on and it is impossible to know what Trump really thinks.  Like most politicians, he will say whatever he feels will bring the most attention to the way he thinks.  Trump said about Mexicans, “They are not our friend, believe me.  They’re bringing drugs.  They’re bringing crime.  They’re rapists.  And some, I assume, are good people.”  The US president also referred to El Salvador, Haiti and some places in Africa as ‘shithole countries’ in a conversation about immigration.

15 thoughts on “X Is For Xenophobic

      1. Me too but you can’t ignore the fact that you can’t ignore it anymore. Infact now they talk more openly about xenophobic tendencies then they did before

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