the downsides of multiculturalism

last edited on June10, 2018

Multiculturalism is certainly politically correct.
Is it also corect?

I believe that multiculturalism is necessary for the survival of mankind as we know it.
Consequently I believe multiculturalism is a good thing.
But that is not to say that the movement towards multiculturalism is easy,
or even possible.

Multiculturalism is an evolving and a multifaceted word.
According to the present Internet, multiculturalism is "a situation in which all the different cultural or racial groups in a society have equal rights and opportunities, and none is ignored or regarded as unimportant." (Collins Dictionary). Or, multiculturalism is "the presence of, or support for the presence of, several distinct cultural or ethnic groups within a society." (Oxford Dictionaries) For the moment, let us define multiculturalism as a state of society where race, history, past cultures, gender, language, clothing and social mores no longer matter very much. (Older cultures may not disappear but may survive as artifacts of a unique kind.)

One might also suggest that existing cultures should amalgamate into something like a world culture in which all people participate. Or, conversely, that we should accept and preserve existing cultures and the competition inherent among them.

Instead of asking, What is wrong with multiculturalism?
we should ask: What is nice about culture?
And even: What is culture?

This may have been easier when there were isolated cultures with minimal connections to any other cultures. This would be cultures in the anthropological sense.
But this is not true of any of the cultures involved in multiculturalism.

One way is the specific intense experiences of our youths: not only events, but the movies, foods, ads, news, books and mores of the times and places we learned.