Social Xenephobia in the United States

Updated: Apr 17, 2020

Xenophobia is the excessive fear, dislike, and even hostility toward of anything “foreign” or to anything and anybody from outside one’s own social group, nation, or country.

Is American Descendants of Slavery (ADOS) a form of social Xenophobia? Yes, ADOS is a lineage-focused political movement that seeks to advocate for people who are descendants of the enslaved Africans in America from its colonial period onward. It focuses on the difference between African Americans whose ancestors were slaves and those whose ancestors were not, calling for the descendants of slaves to be given priority over other African Americans and to have their own racial classification. They believe that the differences are enough to establish different ethnicities between the groups and that descendants of slaves are disadvantaged compared to other African Americans. Their skepticism concerning immigration has attracted criticism and the suggestion that they are dividing African Americans and targeting Democrats. One of its founders, Yvette Carnell, was a board member of the anti-immigration group "Progressives for Immigration Reform" and in a YouTube video was shown wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat. The group has received support from conservatives including Ann Coulter who tweeted “I like #ADOS, but I think it should be #DOAS — Descendants of American slaves. Not Haitian slaves, not Moroccan slaves.”and criticism from the left.[1]

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