This was originally a Greek word. For anyone unfamiliar with it, here’s a definition.
dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries.
“the resurgence of racism and xenophobia”
Also known as ‘Fear of strangers’, this has developed in modern times to become little more than a racist ‘blame game’
“They are taking our jobs”.
“I never liked the French”.
“They want us all to be Muslims”.
“They get all the new houses”.
“The migrants all want to come to Britain for an easy life”.
“You can’t trust Arabs or Turks”.
And so on.
Since 2016, this has been fuelled by Brexit in Britain; and in America, Trump’s claims about his wall across the border with Mexico.
Then Coronavirus came along, and many people rushed to blame anyone but themselves for spreading it.
Sometimes, I have to remind myself that we live in the 21st Century.