Originally posted by cushycrux
Multiculturalism doesn't work and you applaud that? What did you win? Are you silly?!
Personally, i don't see any negative values attached to the realisation that 'multiculturalism' doesn't work.
I could have told them it wouldn't work when they introduced it back in the 70's/80's in the UK.
People are too colloquial, too bound by tradition and experience gained by living in their own particular cultural environment. They naturally wish to
preserve their cultural identities, even if they are imported, somewhat watered down versions of the original.
To expect that the majority of immigrants would simply cast off a lifetime of culture and fashion a new one, to my mind, even as a child at the time,
was never going to work, and was doomed to failure. Even Enoch Powell's Rivers of blood speech, although at the time was intended to be extremely
graphic and inflammatory and eventually shown to be wide of the mark in terms of the levels of violence and friction caused by mass immigration and
multiculturalism, the basic principle seems to have been correct - widely different cultures, feel embattled and rebel against moves to eradicate
their own particular cultural traditions and views.
So, even then it was recognised by some, that this 'grand experiment' was doomed to failure.
To those that may be about to explode into reams of posts about 'racism and so on', don't. This has nothing to do with race, and everything to do
with integration of races and their traditional cultural world views.
I for example do not have a problem with race at all. I look at it that we're all human beings, regardless of race, but that is a completely
different thing in comparison to culture.
I was born in Great Britain during the 60's, and grew up here. I like my culture. I also have travelled around the world during my life, as have many
members here, and have seen and experienced many cultures, which i view as being part of the rich tapestry of human life on this planet.
However, i have always been cognisant of the fact that human beings tend to stick with what is familiar, comfortable and what has worked for them down
through their ancestoral generations. They do not readily accept dramatic changes that they see as a threat to this cultural heritage and actively
reinvigorate their imported cultures and traditions.
As i say, i like my culture, and i enjoy experiencing other peoples cultures, but what i do not like, and what many people not just in Great Britain,
but internationally don't appear to like either, is a hodge-potch, melding or bastardisation of every culture there is, into a single homogeneous
lump - and expect people to embrace it as a kind of unifying culture which is neither the original, or new but has fragments and disjointed elements
of all of them.
It just wasn't ever going to work.
People will always gravitate towards what they know, what they are comfortable with, and what they feel safe with.
This is why we have voluntary segregation of the various cultures and immigrant groups in Great Britain and elsewhere in the world.
A failure of cultural 'melding' is not the same thing as saying that different races have nothing in common, as that is plainly rubbish, we all have
virtually everything in common...except culture and historical and ancestoral perspectives.