AP Style Update to Include Xenophobia, Homophobia, Islamophobia

Zenny Phuong | August 3, 2017 | 4:30pm EDT
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(CNSNews.com) – The Associated Press has updated its Stylebook, an official industry’s guideline for journalists, writers and editors, on Thursday to include the words homophobia, xenophobia and Islamophobia.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Hillary Clinton called then-candidate Donald Trump’s supporters a “basket of deplorables” because of their “homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic” views.

These words are defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the official dictionary for the American Psychological Association, as followed:

  • Xenophobia: fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign

  • Homophobia: irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals.

  • Islamophobia: irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against Islam or people who practice Islam

AP has not released its own definition of these words, but stated that they are “acceptable in broad references or in quotations to the concept of fear or hatred in political or social contexts.”

The online Stylebook also specified that usage of these words must outline “observable actions” and not assert personal assumptions on the motives that led to such events.

In 2016, Dictionary.com declared “xenophobia” its Word of the Year, citing the Brexit vote and a speech by former President Barack Obama on Trump’s political rhetoric.

“This year in the United States we saw the rise of the alt-right, white nationalism, and other ideologies that promote hate, especially directed toward Muslims, Latinos, Jews, trans and queer communities, black America, and other nondominant groups,” the site stated.

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