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Negrophobia is a fear or hatred toward negro peoples worldwide. It can be influenced by various things, such as racism or traumatic events and circumstances.


The hybrid word negrophobia consists of two components: negro and phobia. As such, it literally derives from "fear of black", from Spanish and Portuguese: negro, "black" and from Greek: φόβος, phóbos, "fear". Other terms with similar meanings include antiblackness[1] and blackophobia.[2] However, some publishers have discouraged designating individuals as blackophobes or negrophobes and rather highlight the general epithet that is usually applied to racists.[3]

Although melanophobia is sometimes confused with negrophobia, the former term is more commonly applied to situations involving inanimate objects that are very dark or black.[4] Negrophobia is also distinct from Afrophobia, which is a perceived fear of the various cultures and peoples of Africa and the African diaspora irrespective of racial origin. Unlike negrophobia, Afrophobia is thus essentially a cultural rather than a racial phenomenon.[5]


There are differences in the senses that are applied to negrophobes or the noun negrophobia. Some senses use the term to describe a discriminatory sentiment towards people who may identify with the black race.[6] This sense adopts the notion that a person with negrophobia believes that his or her race is superior to the black race with xenophobia.[7] However an alternative definition stays true to the original clinical meaning of the suffix phobia. Thereby negrophobia is not associated with racism, rather, it is associated with those who fear the black race.[8] In July 2010, a segment on negrophobia was featured on The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC.[9][10][11][12][13]

Some, such as psychiatrist Frantz Fanon, assert that negrophobia is a form of "trauma for white people of the Negro".[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rieger, Jeorg (2013). Religion, Theology, and Class: Fresh Engagements after Long Silence. New Approaches to Religion and Power. Palgrave Macmillan US. p. 177. ISBN 978-1-137-33924-9. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  2. ^ Afrasia: A Tale of Two Continents – Page 105, Ali A. Mazrui – 2013
  3. ^ Lincoln: Political Writings and Speeches – Page xxvi, Terence Ball – 2013
  4. ^ Klaffke, Pamela (2003). Spree: A Cultural History of Shopping. p. 181.
  5. ^ Kivuto Ndeti; Kenneth R. Gray; Gerard Bennaars (1992). The second scramble for Africa: a response & a critical analysis of the challenges facing contemporary sub-Saharan Africa. Professors World Peace Academy. p. 127. ISBN 9966835733. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  6. ^ Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law – Page 492, Rüdiger Wolfrum – 1999
  7. ^ Ubuntu, Migration and Ministry: Page 88, Elina Hankela – 2014
  8. ^ Black Soul, White Artifact: Fanon's Clinical Psychology and Social Theory p 73, Jock McCulloch – 2002
  9. ^ Maddow, Rachel (July 21, 2010). "Scaring white people for fun and profit". MSNBC.
  10. ^ "Negrophobia", published by St. Martin's Press and written by Darius James
  11. ^ Negrophobia and Reasonable Racism: The Hidden Costs of Being Black in America, An academic book written through the New York University press.2
  12. ^ Negrophobia: A Race Riot in 1906, by Mark Bauerlein with Encounter Press.3
  13. ^ American Heritage Dictionary 4
  14. ^ Anthony C. Alessandrini (3 August 2005). Frantz Fanon: Critical Perspectives. Routledge. p. 153. ISBN 978-1-134-65657-8.