- Ethnic hatred
Ethnic hatred, inter-ethnic hatred, racial hatred, or ethnic tension refers to feelings and acts of
prejudiceand hostility towards an ethnic groupin various degrees. See list of anti-ethnic and anti-national termsfor specific cases.
There are multiple origins for ethnic hatred and the resulting
ethnic conflicts. In some societies it is rooted in tribalism, while in others it originates from a history of non-peaceful co-existence and the resulting actual disputed issues.
Often ethnic conflict is enhanced by
nationalismand feeling of national superiority. For which reason inter-ethnic hatred borders with racism, and often the two terms are conflated.
On the opposite side, ethnic conflict may stem from the feeling of real or perceived
discriminationby another ethnic group, see " reverse racism".
Ethnic hatred has often been exploited and even fueled by some political leaders to serve their agenda of seeking to consolidate the nation or gain electorate by calling for a united struggle against a common real or imaginary enemy. [ [http://www.globalpolicy.org/security/issues/ind-pak/2002/0707ethnic.htm Using Ethnic Hatred to Meet Political Ends] (about ethnic problems in Indian subcontinent)]
In many countries
incitement to ethnic or racial hatredis a criminal offense.
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