Is xenophobia acceptable when racism isn't?
If it's not racism then what is it? We have a phrase for unintended prejudice and illinformed behaviour in organisations its " institutional racism". What is the equivalent for the same behaviour amongst voters? Those who voted "out"say it was because of concerns about immigration and they are defiantly not racist. Do they mean that it's not people's colour or religion they object to but simply that they are " foreigners". So they are not being racist because they also don't want Polish people or any one from Easter Europe! And the reason they are not wanted is simply that there are not enough jobs and houses to go round plus they put pressure on an already over stretched NHS and their children take up too many places in local schools.
If you look at the jobs "foreigners" do they seem to be either low paid unskilled unattractive work that locals would rather be unemployed than do or skilled professionals like dentists, nurses and plumbers were there is a national shortage. The housing shortage is the result of government policy to restrict local authorities from building social housing for rent and the difficulty of obtaining a mortgage for first time buyers due to the government's financial restricts on lending. If people come here and work and therefore pay taxes then why wouldn't they have the right to use the NHS which is funded from taxes and why wouldn't their children have the right to attend local schools. If there is a shortage of local places is that not a consequence of a failure of the government's schools strategy and a failure to support local authorities?
My understanding is that the country needs an influx of young people who will start a family, preferably of two or more children, in order to support are increasingly elderly population. Their taxes will pay for my pension and since young people make less demands on the NHS than older people their taxes are my best chance of keeping the NHS afloat.
So what is the collective noun for prejudice and ignorance that isn't just about colour and religion?