Xenophobic Newspaper Headlines, A Collection

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Let’s start with an unintentionally ironic one:

Helen Mirren's dad was a Russian immigrant, Cowell's grandmother was Polish & Cliff was born in India

Helen Mirren’s dad was a Russian immigrant, Cowell’s grandmother was Polish & Cliff was born in India

This one is fun as well:


“Ethnics” doesn’t make good noun, if you ask me.

Following the recent floods in the UK, someone thought it was a good idea to use development aid money to help UK flood victims, because fellow citizens whom you’ve never met before are obviously more important than desperately poor people born on the other side of an imaginary line on the ground:


It’s hard to understand, but there are apparently people who want to send back all immigrants:

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Your respectable xenophobe usually limits himself or herself throwing out the criminal immigrants:


Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights – the right to private and family life – is now in force in the UK, and some “foreign criminals” have won appeals against deportation based on this article. This has led to a backlash in the UK against the Convention and against “human rights” and “Europe” in general. As if deportation is necessary for the fight against crime. I mean, they do have prisons in the UK, don’t they?

Here’s an older clipping, from the US this time, with a review of a book about the “celebrated” Dred Scott decision:


The Dred Scott case, rather than celebrated, is now infamous for upholding slavery. The “prognathous race” is the African race, by the way. Prognathous means having a projecting lower jaw or chin, and this was believed to be typical of blacks:

prognathous race

You might ask, what has Dred Scot to do with xenophobia? Isn’t that a simple although horrible case of racism? Well, part of the Supreme Court decision was the ruling that African Americans, whether slave or free, could not be American citizens and therefore had no standing to sue in federal court. In other words, they were strangers – xenoi – forever.

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