Saturday, April 27, 2013

X is for Xenophobia

Xenophobia is the fear of foreigners, or that which is considered to be foreign, which is a serious problem in this country. For example, when some people find out that I lived in France, they offer me their condolences. Some of them might be joking; it’s kinda hard to tell because I have such a sh&tty sense of humor.

There is no reason to be afraid of foreigners, and I don’t understand it. I’ve met lots and they don’t bite...much. I can’t fathom why you’d be anything other than curious upon meeting someone from another country, or someone who’s been to another country. Then again, if you go around talking to people from other countries, you might find out they have things you don’t, like health care. Of course there are plenty of countries worse off than we are, because we bombed them. Funnily enough, you never seem to meet anyone from those countries.

As an American abroad, I’ve encountered plenty of people who don’t like me the minute they hear my accent. Maybe the fact that I sometimes slap people also has something to do with it. I don’t think that’s fair – not liking me because I’m American, I mean. You’re allowed to not like me if I’ve slapped you. In fact, I expect it. Nothing’s worse than slapping a dude and finding out he liked it. Unless that was your plan all along, of course.

But I digress.

I don’t go around not liking people just because they’re British, and believe me, I’ve considered it. So I don’t think it’s fair that people should go around not liking me just because I’m American. I know a lot of things, I’m funny, I make a mean roast chicken, I speak French, and I’m a perfectly nice person most of the time. I’m even told I’m great fun when I’m drunk.

Remember, kids, don’t be afraid of people who are different from you, because no one is really that different from you! It’s a learning experience! Learning is fun!

Hooray!

21 comments:

  1. I've had people not like me because I'm Chinese, French Canadian, Canadian ... but then, I've also had people like me for these reasons.

    Oddly enough, the xenophobia I've experienced has mostly been from Americans, snide remarks about Canadians being socialists, mispronouncing certain words , free health care, living with polar bears, same old unimaginative, ignorant bullshit...

    It's sad and childish, even in jest.

    eden

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    1. You know, some Americans are pretty fuckin' stupid. But, maybe it's not their fault their stupid. Maybe they went to one of those schools that doesn't teach evolution or decimals.

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  2. Funny, I was thinking of this word and wondering if someone was going to write about it for the "X" letter day! Congratulations! You win the prize! The prize being, of course, my happiness that you brought this word to everyone's attention.

    I think there is going to be a strong case of xenophobia going on with foreigners, especially now with the bombing suspects from the Boston Marathon being from Russia.

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    1. Right, as if we didn't already have a problem with that. It will make it worse, of course.

      Thanks for commenting, glad you enjoyed the post! I literally couldn't think of another X letter.

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  3. Raedjio ArrowrootApril 27, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    I guess I can understand why non-north americans (excluding Canada, of course) can have a generally negative opinions of folks from the states. I mean, we have South America, and North America, but somehow people from the United States of America seem to think that they are entitled to call themselves American without differentiation and expect the rest of the world to know that they're also not from any place else in our hemisphere... For this reason alone, I understand the animosity.

    Among other reasons. :)

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  4. I find bigotry in general so frustrating because there's absolutely no point to it! It serves no social or developmental purpose. It's just blatant stupidity.

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    1. I think I remember reading that it makes you feel more closely bonded to your own group.

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  5. Xenophobia is so stupid, but so ingrained in so much of humanity. Being aware of it is the first step though.

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    1. As I was saying above, it must serve some kind of evolutionary purpose. Or something.

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  6. I married one or my husband married one - depends on who's asking. And now, I'll ditto Kellie's comment. Sums up my thoughts perfectly!

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    1. Yes, it's a matter of perception! Your husband sounds pretty awesome, too, personally, I'm a little jealous!

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    2. I have zero idea of how I got so lucky. So wasn't lucky the first go round. He was a total ass faced dick hat (and I'm being nice) - I can't write that on my blog in case my daughter reads it. Here's hoping she doesn't see this comment! Sweety, if you're reading this - just kiddiing.

      Ok. You're on my list of Very Inspiring Bloggers. Just posted it.

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    3. SQUEE! OMG Thanks! And you're totally not alone in having been with an assfaced dickhat. I think every woman dates or marries at least one.

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  7. I really don't get the whole fear of foreigners...how boring and bland the world would be if we never stepped outside our own little box and never experienced different cultures

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  8. I figure it all comes down to individuals being insecure about themselves. Of course, they could just be constipated. Now, if they would only be open about learning, they wouldn't be insecure and then wouldn't be scared about unfamiliar people and stuff. Xenophobic people probably can't handle public bathrooms either.

    Don't be a Hippie
    Take 25 to Hollister

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    1. Oh, if only the world's problems all came down to people being constipated. A good fiber supplement could be the key to world peace.

      I think you're right, though. Nasty people generally are insecure.

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  9. I'm Polish ... Yes, I've heard all the jokes. But what truly annoys me is that people generally presume I'm yet another hot blonde who can't count all her fingers. Including seemingly well-rounded lot of educated folk with travel experience.
    Especially exasperating coming from people at a new job. Fucktards.
    ~PolishSpring

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  10. Really glad I found this post/blog :) As an American living in the UK, it's good to know it's not just me who has experienced this sort of reaction. I think I get it double because I'm also southern which obviously means I'm a redneck *eyeroll* I sometimes feel like I need to introduce myself with the preface that I'm not inbred or racist, I totally support homosexual marriage and I didn't vote for Dubya. *sigh*

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    1. Oh god, I know. At least they don't know that they're supposed to feel superior to West Virginians.

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