posted on Aug, 24 2005 @ 11:18 AM
It has become axiomatic that "there's strength in diversity."
Biologically, this is true, as variation within a species is more likely to give rise to a trait which is adaptive in the face of competition, i.e.
resistance to disease, or fighting over food.
But people are social as well as physical beings. Different-ness socially is a cause of strife, and adds to social ills.
Someone dials 9-1-1 (USA) for emergency response, but doesn't have a language in common with the responder, and cannot describe the nature of the
The current constitutional crisis with the Iraqi provisional government: The Kurds and Shiites are ready to pass a constitution, but the Sunnis in
the south don't want it, and don't want to do business with the Shiites.
The disintigration of Yugoslavia. Like Iraq, it was held together only by the bloodthirstiness of one man. The different subcultures are at each
other's throats the minute the oppressor is gone.
The syndrome I'm aiming at is immigrants who refuse to acculturate. I'm not thinking of assimilation, where the individual is no longer
disguishable from the mainstream; I'm talking about acculturation, where the newcomer refuses the norms and standards of the host culture:
-East African immigrants practicing female "circumcision" a mutilation of the infat girl's clitoris. If an American citizen did this, they would be
charged with child abuse.
-Caribbean immigrants practicing animal sacrifice, that would otherwise be considered animal cruelty, if practiced by an anglo.
-Muslims keeping multiple wives, which is "overlooked" by the authorities, whereas dissident Mormons are persecuted mercilessly for the same
-Refusing to use profiling against potential terrorists, when all but one of the major terrorist acts committed against the US were committed by a
very tiny subgroup of one set of immigrants. It's O.K. to profile native-born males who might "go postal" in their high schools, but not
immigrants who form criminal organizations to do the same thing.
Look, I'm not saying that foreigners are bad or evil. What I am saying is that previous generations were expected to acculturate (AND assimilate,
for that matter). Suddenly though, we have groups of people coming to the west who are hoping for the end of our civilization, and are pretty open to
Meanwhile, anyone who questions the wisdom of all this is branded a bigot or worse.
So how is diversity a strength?