posted on Dec, 15 2015 @ 04:03 AM
First of all, a disclaimer: I am not in any way prejudiced against any ethnicity or culture. My question has nothing to do with anything like that. I
am hoping for an honest, serious discussion, without anyone resorting to ad hominem attacks.
So, is anyone able to give a tangible benefit of multiculturalism?
Every time I question multiculturalism, someone will start using ad hominem attacks and not contribute anything worthy of discussion.
I'll risk a brief outline: I have spent time in every major city in Australia except Perth. The bigger the city, the more cultural segregation.
Immigrants from vastly different cultures tend to seek out their own kind, and raise their children amongst people of their own culture, rather than
trying to integrate with Westerners, the founders of the nation. This results in suburbs being populated almost entirely by people of a particular
ethnic group, with very little in common with Western people. This in turn creates tension, as Westerners are viewed as "outsiders", and Westerners
likewise view these cultural cliques as "outsiders".
Obviously, there is a lot of diversity amongst European people, but there are also many common threads, probably the main one being Christianity. Even
though we now live in a secular society, the foundations of Western society were based upon Christian ideologies. Norwegian traditions are quite
different to, say, Spanish traditions, but still have more in common than, say, Pakistani culture.
Now, before someone mentions the obvious, I am aware that not all immigrants are like this. Of course, many do integrate. But also, many don't. It
makes sense - if for some reason I had to emigrate to a very different culture like Afghanistan, I would no doubt seek out other Russians or
Westerners. Culture shock is a very real thing. This is why people from vastly different cultures tend to stick together when in a foreign land. The
unfortunate part is when you get children being raised in a Western country, but limited to their own particular ethnic niche, due to their families,
and also because it is made easy by there being already plenty of immigrated people having established their ethnic districts.
Please do not accuse me of being prejudiced. I am not. It is simply that I am from a country that does not have this policy of multiculturalism. I
find that most people in the West will automatically say that multiculturalism is a good thing, but nobody can give me a clear reason why it is
necessary, and how it benefits the nation, outside of "nice variety of restaurants", which is trivial. If anything, it actually seems to cause more
problems: divided we fall, united we stand.
I keep hearing about Muslims living in Western countries trying to go over to join the Islamic State. These are people born and raised in the West.
They have had the advantage of a higher living standard, as well many freedoms - personal, political, and religious. Yet they turn and bite the hand
that feeds. Their culture is not compatible with Western culture, yet I keep hearing that the West must have multiculturalism, and everybody who
questions it is branded as being prejudiced. What is with that?
So can anybody tell me how multiculturalism, as opposed to integration, is so necessary for the West?
And it is only in the West. Most countries don't feel this need to deliberately divide their cities into ethnic enclaves. And the word "diversity"
seems increasingly to only apply to non-Western people, as if all European cultures are exactly the same.
I am fully prepared to be attacked and condemned for mentioning this topic. Please just remember, I am not a Westerner; I am an immigrant from Russia
who has integrated as best I can into Australian society.