Wednesday, April 29, 2015

"X" as in XENOPHOBE for Alphabe-Thursday

It's time again for Alphabe-Thursday sponsored by Ms. Jenny at Jenny Matlock..."off on my tangent."  This week we are studying the letter...
I did a google search and was surprised to see how many words (that we never use) start with the letter X.  I scanned the list and finally decided upon this word.


Function: noun
Definition: a person who is afraid of all things strange or foreign: a person afraid of foreigners
Word History: Greek xenos "stranger" and phobos "fear"
Example Sentence: The xenophobe was afraid of his neighbors who came from another country.

Sadly, xenophobes exist in our society today.  They end up hating out of fear because they perceive someone as different.  How often have you heard someone imply that all Muslims are bad or evil?  After the horrors of 9/11 some tended to unfairly blame all Muslims for that terrorist act.
One of the worst xenophobes was Adolph Hitler.

Living in Houston I still remember the murder of Paul Broussard.  He was killed by a group of xenophobes outside a Houston nightclub because he was gay.

This country isn't without xenohobe thinking in our past either.  I think of The Trail Of Tears and slavery.
We must remember and learn from the past.  Hate is a very strong emotion.
Now head over to Jenny's blog for a list of this week's participants.  Thank you for visiting. 


  1. Beautifully written Betty! I agree! My goodness let us put all the hatred aside. I do not like seeing unrest and hatefulness. I just returned from a nice hike with two of my three daughter! Oh what fun! I love all the friendly folks on the trails! All this violence in Baltimore too! My daughter Rebekah was so upset. We all need to let go and live together in this world. Someone posts at FB Scripture and turns around and bashes the protesters. Although I do not agree with this type of violence to get your point across I pray and I wish for a peaceful end to it all. So much damage and lives ruined. we had three murders int he Denver metro area due to gang violence since Saturday. I do not like seeing the young people going wild! I do understand their frustrations. Such sadness. I pray. I thank you for your thoughts today and send my love and hugs to Houston! Blessings to you and yours my friend!

  2. Wonderful post for X and creative photo!

    Happy Weekend coming to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  3. Betty I had no idea there was a word for that horrible disease!

  4. Betty, you chose an important word for A-T this week a subject we should all be aware of and campaign against.

  5. is a narrow line between racism and xenophobic? Can one be excused when one see a woman shrouded and you see only the slit for the eyes. Just a thought.

  6. Yes, we all have fear of the unknown, but we must not be afraid when we know and see that they are good people!

  7. Well written. I couldn't agree more.

  8. This is so well written and thoughtfully explained! I agree as well!

  9. Hi, Betty, I appreciate this post. Xenophobia is dangerous. I think that some people in power use it to divide and conquer us.
    Best wishes.
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

  10. You learn something every day they say and I learned something new today!

    Stopping by to say hey and hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  11. Well said ! I have been fortunate to live in big, diverse cities and have gained great appreciation for many cultures around the world. If we take the time to really know each other, break bread together and begin to trust what we have in common and accept our differences, we will have wonderful, enlightening experiences that bring joy when we recall them !!!

  12. Anonymous12:15 PM

    Excellent word. I feel bad for anyone who lives their life in such fear.


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