The false ideology of multiculturalism or plural monoculturalism

Here are some extracts from a presentation on the subject of multiculturalism by Kenan Malik.

Great insight into one of the banes of modern western societies, the false ideology of multicultarlism.

Some quotes.

“What multicultural policies do is not empower minority communities, but empower so-called community leaders, who achieve power not because they represent their community, but because they have a relationship with the state,” Malik said.

“Once political power and financial resources become allocated by ethnicity, then people begin to identify themselves in terms of those ethnicities, and only those ethnicities,” 

Over time, however, you come to see yourself in those terms, not just because those identities provide you with access to power, influence, and resources, but also because those identities possess a social reality through constant affirmation and confirmation. It is how you are seen, so it is how you come to see yourself.”

“The consequence is what the great Indian-born economist Amartya Sen has called plural monoculturalism—a policy driven by the myth that societies are made up of a series of distinct, homogenous cultures that dance around each other.”

 

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One thought on “The false ideology of multiculturalism or plural monoculturalism

  1. America has never been much of a place for multiculturalism – except for teaching English in the public schools, there wasn’t much effort to integrate anybody who didn’t want to be integrated, and if it took a generation or so, what was the rush. Since kids want to talk to their friends more than to ancient relatives, it seems to work.A recent discussion of the disappearance of self-identified Serbs in the "diaspora" from foreign censuses (censi?) identified another aspect to the problem – the home countries of immigrants wanting to retain some kind of tie with, if not control, over, their former citizens. (Serbia has a law on the diaspora that has as one goal using the diaspora to support the home country’s national goals. Without breaking any local laws, of course.) Importing all the animosities of the world as part of their cultures would seem to be the last thing any sensible country would want to do. People move to a new country because in some way their own country doesn’t work. Reproducing those shortcomings in a new setting hardly seems to make sense. Bring along your cuisines and your folk dances, but please leave the ancient ethnic hatreds behind. We have enough problems as it is.

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