Scapegoating

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A person or category of people being unfairly blamed for certain problems.

Scapegoating as a facet of categorism

Something is a facet of categorism when it on some level and based on a categorization of people is an expression of prejudice, bigotry, discrimination, or some combination thereof. Scapegoating is a matter of prejudice, usually accompanied by bigotry: A distorted view of a category of people, justifying hatred against the human beings associated with that category.

Interactions with other facets and abstractions

This facet of categorism is an expression of prejudice and bigotry.

It is likely to intersect with facets such as:

  • Reduction: Reducing the target to a role as source of misery.
  • Stigmatization: It's rather hard to make someone the scapegoat without stigmatizing them...
  • Unchecked Aversion: When you have reason to despise something, it may feel good to blame it on a category of people.

As well as with abstractions such as:

Applying Scapegoating to a foci of categorism

  • Antisemitism: The idea that Jews secretly caused the black plague... or Germany's loss in World War I.