Tue Nov 27, 2012, 10:30 AM
pampango (15,275 posts)
SC Black News: Partisanship vs. Xenophobia vs. Humility
The race card is a hard sale in that it prefers not to be utilized unless the obvious is unquestionable. Perhaps the answer to the question of the President’s ethnic background being unacceptable can be found in his opposition’s strategy, a strategy that included, not since the deadly battle for voting rights, unprecedented voter suppression within specific segments of the population.
Racism, basically defined as: the belief that people of different races have different abilities, and qualities, and that some races are inherently superior or inferior, takes on a more intense level with the introduction of fear and hatred. It then becomes xenophobia.
Xenophobia further explains how the President’s opposition effortlessly persuaded its voter base to believe that their interest and concerns could not be met or understood by someone whose ethnic makeup is not their own. Additionally, because xenophobia is more of a misinformed response towards another race, staunch republican supporters had little choice but to ride the horse they came in on.
If partisanship breeds divisiveness, then perhaps humility will serve to bring a crisp awareness to partisans who are submissive to the status quo. Humility is introduced in a number of ways. It can be accepted as a non option, it can be completely ignored, or it can be a matter of choice with the decision simplified by one’s humanity.
An interesting look at the intersection of racism and xenophobia in the context of the republican opposition to President Obama. They have not only employed racism to motivate their base but also xenophobia with their references to his alleged "Kenyan Muslim" ethnic makeup to portray him as different from their white base.
We have learned that we cannot live alone, at peace; that our own well-being is dependent on the well-being of other nations far away. ... We have learned to be citizens of the world, members of the human community. ... We shall strive for perfection. ... We may make mistakes, but they must never be mistakes which result from faintness of heart or abandonment of moral principle.
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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 10:34 AM
Romulox (22,961 posts)
1. "Xenophobia" means the fear of foreigners. It's not a synonym for racism.
xe·no·pho·bia noun \ˌze-nə-ˈfō-bē-ə, ˌzē-\
Definition of XENOPHOBIA
: fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign
"You think back to the 1930s, and there was this huge intellectual shift...And that didn't happen this time. All those people who were so badly discredited, they hung on. They're still there; they got to keep those jobs. They just went from the old administration to the new one." -Thomas Frank