Multiculturalism, Political Correctness Threaten Our Nation
- 15 December 2006 by Author 0 Comments
Multiculturalism, Political Correctness Threaten Our Nation
By Richard Larsen
Published – Idaho State Journal, 12/15/06
America has a rich history as a melting pot of cultures, ethnicity, and religion. Those who have come here over the past couple hundred years have sought a better life through the freedoms and liberties espoused by our Constitution and the free enterprise system that allows one to aspire to greatness in whatever pursuit they may desire. They brought their culture, customs, and language with them, like my mother-in-law, but they became Americans: learned English, learned our customs and conventions, and became encultured into the American way. America is great in part because of the diversity of our people, and the richness of our cultural elements brought here. But there are elements within our culture that threaten our “melting pot” and our very way of life.
Multiculturalism in tandem with political correctness, it’s social enforcer, are perhaps the greatest culprits leading to a degeneration of our culture and weakening our ability to defend ourselves. Initially intended to make us more sensitive to other cultures and ethnicity which in and of itself is not only desirable but necessary in a society such as ours, multiculturalism has advanced to an illogical extreme that in academic and educational circles, mitigates the strengths and advances of Western civilization and promotes other cultures to near sainthood status regardless of their shortcomings.
If the goal of multiculturalism was intended to facilitate the understanding of other cultures, it would contribute, even add “seasoning” to our melting pot by encouraging our young people to compare and contrast, and then eclectically assimilate the best of all cultures. Instead, it is used to discount Western values and advance ideologies distinctly anti-American.
Roger Kimball of the New Criterion has written, “Wherever the imperatives of multiculturalism have touched the curriculum, they have left broad swaths of anti-Western attitudinizing competing for attention with quite astonishing historical blindness.” Multiculturalism has led to the historical revisionism that paints Christopher Columbus as a nefarious European who initiated the transformation of a supposed paradisiacal Western hemisphere into the evil, corrupt America of today.
It is multiculturalism that precludes Shakespeare from being studied by many university literature and English majors, because he was a sexist and racist white man. It is also the underlying principle engaged in revising history, including the historical roots of our contemporary observance of Thanksgiving and acknowledgement of the Christian principles fundamental to the establishment of our country.
And in light of recent discussions, I’m convinced that multiculturalism, in it’s extreme, is at the root of the removal of any references to Christ at the time we celebrate His birthday.
Multiculturalism and political correctness risk our safety in our communities and our nation because of their doctrine against profiling. As developed by the FBI Academy, profiling is a proven valuable tool in identifying criminals and terrorists. Yet the politically correct crowd would disallow law enforcement or Homeland Security from utilizing the system if it incorporates any ethnicity factor in the equation.
In a twisted sort of way, Al Gore was right when in the 2000 Presidential campaign he defined E Pluribus Unum as out of one, many, instead of the other way around. Multiculturalism in its extreme form seeks to divide rather than unify as Jefferson and Franklin intended when they wanted to unify the country based on fundamental principles.
A recent poll by the Pew Research Center indicates that only 55% of Hispanics living either legally or illegally in this country consider themselves Americans. A recent poll of Muslims in Los Angeles County indicated that only 10% of them consider themselves to be Americans. It seems the hyphenation of Americans is another social and cultural divider, rather than a unifier. A hyphenated American is just another symptom of political correctness.
Multiculturalism in its extreme weakens community bonds and reduces the motivation for new immigrants to participate in the common culture, the shared history and a common language. Regardless of efforts to elevate other cultures, the American concepts of freedom of expression, religion, human rights, liberty and democracy are distinctively Western values. As historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. has said, “These are European ideas, not Asian, nor African, nor Middle-Eastern ideas, except by adoption. There is surely no reason for Western civilization to have guilt trips laid on it by champions of cultures based on despotism, superstition, tribalism, and fanaticism.”
These elements have already advanced alarmingly to a Balkanization of America, where differences are the focus instead of common values and ideals. Where culture and ethnicity divide us, rather than adding seasoning to our melting pot to enrich the entire culture.
As long as multiculturalism and political correctness are ends in and of themselves, or worse, as a means to continue to divide and weaken our country, we will continue to decline as a culture and an American society. And if they are used as a means to diminish our value system, erode our cultural strengths, reduce our safety, and rewrite history, they are deleterious to our collective culture and our country. Whatever faults America may have, no other country has worked harder to change it’s societal and cultural inequities and imperfections.
Richard Larsen is President of Larsen Financial, a brokerage and financial planning firm in Pocatello, and is a graduate of Idaho State University with a BA in Political Science and History and former member of the Idaho State Journal Editorial Board. He can be reached at email@example.com.