With New Year’s around the corner, many people will begin to reflect on the year 2016. If the most searched words online are any indication, the year will be remembered with thoughts of xenophobia, hate crime and populism. That’s a chilling and sobering concept.
Every year, Dictionary.com selects a Word of the Year, and xenophobia was awarded the honor for 2016. Online searches for the word surged when foreign workers were attacked in South Africa, peaked when the UK voted to leave the European Union (Brexit), and hit another high following Obama’s statement that Trump’s political rhetoric was an example of xenophobia.
The video attached to this post explains why this is not cause for celebration but rather reflection of world events this year.