An inherited trait: Racism, prejudice, xenophobia and ethnocentrisms in Spain.

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Racism, prejudice, xenophobia, and ethnocentrism have been prevalent in the world for what seems as long as mankind has been around. Through different countries, these negative attributes may be different historically, culturally, economically, or demographically—but all of these simply boil down into the same negative ideology. Like in any country, Spain is no different to this pool, however, it seems that by examining Spain’s history through the Spanish Inquisition, to immigration, religion, language and culture (and what is being done to solve these issues) it would be prevalent to say that this has fostered the negative but widespread problems of racism, prejudice, xenophobia and ethnocentrism within the country seamlessly more so than other countries around the world. To avoid confusion, definitions from Webster’s II New College Dictionary will be provided to show an exact meaning of what these various words mean. Racism is a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and those racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. Prejudice is an irrational attitude of hostility directed against an individual, a group, a race, or their supposed characteristics. Xenophobia is the fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign. And ethnocentrism is characterized by or based on the attitude that one’s own group is superior. Although each word has their own specific meaning, all four are interconnected creating the same product that is nothing but hate and violence towards mankind. Historically, such negativity must start somewhere in Spain’s’ case it would have to begin with Moorish rule. During this time the Berber Muslims had a significant stronghold on much of Spain. While Islam was the main practiced religion, other religions where allowed to be practiced

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