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White House Clarifies President Biden’s Remarks on Xenophobia

The White House has since clarified that President Biden’s remarks were intended to highlight a broader point about the United States’ immigration policy, rather than to cast aspersions on any nation. The Press Secretary emphasized that the President’s use of the term “xenophobic” was in the context of the countries’ immigration policies and not a reflection of their societies as a whole.

Understanding Xenophobia:
Xenophobia is defined as the fear or hatred of that which is perceived to be foreign or strange. It is an expression of perceived conflict between an in-group and an out-group and can manifest in suspicion, rejection, and discrimination against people of other nations, cultures, or ethnicities.

Historically, xenophobia has led to discriminatory practices and violence. Notable examples include the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, the Rwandan genocide, and the Holocaust during World War II.

The term “xenophobic” in this context should not be interpreted as an absolute characteristic of any nation or its people but rather as a critique of specific policies or attitudes towards immigration and foreign nationals. The White House’s clarification aims to reaffirm the value the U.S. places on its relationships with these nations, despite differences in policy.

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