Definitions for "Scapegoating"
the tendency for individuals, when frustrated or unhappy, to displace aggression onto groups that are disliked, visible, and relatively powerless
directing aggression away from its source and onto an object, person or group.
the action of blaming an individual or group for something when, in reality, there is no one person or group responsible for the problem. Scapegoating is blaming another person or group for problems in society because of that person's group identity. Prejudicial thinking and discriminatory acts can lead to scapegoating. Members of the disliked group are denied employment, housing, political rights, social privileges or a combination of these. Scapegoating can lead to verbal and physical violence, including death.