Emma Fritz Posted 3 months ago What makes us xenophobic? I think there are two big factors. One of them definitely being the extreme nationalism we are subjected to in the US. It reminds me of a passage from a David Sedaris book I read recently, "Every day we're told that we live on the greatest country on earth...Having grown up with this in our ears, it's startling to realize that other countries have nationalistic slogans of their own, none of which are "We're number two!" I live in Chile now, and while the people are very proud of their country, their pride comes without the degradation of other countries and cultures. Another cause of xenophobia comes from parental pressures and teachings, whether intentional or not. Children grow up in a household that could be either accepting to foreigners, and to the foreign and unknown, or it can be shut out and taught to be something evil or scary. It's part of the parents job to promote and nurture their child's exploration and acceptance of the world.