By REY FLORES
Before we proceed any further with the topic in our headline, let’s explore some terms and definitions to make sure there is no confusion in our column.
Racism is a prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior. So racism is having intolerant beliefs based on our geographic, cultural, ethnic, language, and skin color differences; yes?
We, of course, all belong to the human race, so the “racism” we hear so much about should actually be known as “ethnicism,” given the different ethnicities which make up the human race, be it Africans, Arabs, Asians, Caucasians, and others.
Now a phobia is an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something. Therefore, if someone is labeled an Islamophobe or a xenophobe, that means that this person is being accused of having an “extreme” or “irrational” fear of Muslims and Islam altogether, while the xenophobe is just someone who fears or dislikes foreigners.
How about if someone either fears or hates Christians? Could such a person be called a “Christianophobe”? … Continue Reading