May 26, 2014

The Universal Language of Xenophobia

Shannon Gormley, Ottawa Citizen

The Associated Press

But in Western Europe, Eastern Europeans and other “others” are terrorized by serious xenophobic attacks that can’t be laughed off: sometimes fatally successful, often inspired by multiple intersecting prejudices and always heightened by political leaders who ooze toxic hostility toward newcomers even while they sanitize nativist resentment toward all that is foreign with pseudo-rational arguments against immigration. In the wake of European parliamentary election campaigns in which far-right parties surged upwards and moderate conservative parties drifted further right, the relationship between xenophobic political rhetoric and attacks on minorities can’t be ignored.

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