If you're not familiar multiculturalism is Europe's fancy word for.. well basically what the USA is.
A melting pot of cultures and ethnicities.
The idea is that, we, by becoming more like the US will benefit from it.
There are voice against this - usually far right ( big surprise... not ) and they are generally moronic: "preserving racial purity" ( which now is hiddeen under 'culture purity' ) and such other nonsense.
But here's a more subtle one and i want you to analyze it.
The critique goes basically like this.
If Europe becomes like America this process will eventually spread across the world and while the world may be more integrated it will also become more... generic and uniform.
The uniqueness of each place would no longer be since you will be able to see indian shops, chinese shops and danish shops all over the place.
Since uniformity is the absence of diversity and progress, this in turn is seen as a bad thing.
Is this the old argument of "cultural purity" in a new package?
Or is it something more?
Do you empathize or not with the claim? Why or why not - write in your answers please.
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Well, multiculturalism is a form of racism, because it's really saying that one race of people (usuallly white people) shoud be held to a higher standard than other races, as if those other races were incapable, which they are not.
But, just because multiculturalism is a form of racism, that doesn't mean that all anti-multiculturalists are anti-racists. You are right to point out that many anti-multiculturalists are racists, though some of those aren't real anti-multiculturalists because they have no problem with inferior cultures, provided those inferior cultures are somewhere else.
I should also point out that America was not historically multicultural (mult-racial should not be mistaken for multi-cultural), except arguably in one respect, the divide between the north and the south (which existed in spite of the lack of racial difference). But, I probably would agree that it is multicultural now.
The equivalent of multiculturalism at the individual level is rejected by almost everyone: "Whatever is right for each person is whatever he or she thinks is right." Yet, people have difficulty applying that when races or nations or ethnicities are concerned. People feel uncomfortable about it. And, of course, the racist anti-multiculturalists whom you mentioned, many of whom as I say aren't real anti-multiculturalists, make it even more difficult by erasing the huge difference between race and culture or, in other words, between genes and choices.0
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