The Ranting Kraut

19.3.2006 – 27.9.2010

That’s wrong with multiculturalism!

Posted by rantingkraut on May 2, 2006

Mark Steyn on O. Fallaci and Multiculturalism:

“… contemporary multiculturalism absolves one from knowing anything about other cultures as long as one feels warm and fluffy toward them. After all, if it’s grossly judgmental to say one culture’s better than another, why bother learning about the differences? “Celebrate diversity” with a uniformity of ignorance.”

2 Responses to “That’s wrong with multiculturalism!”

  1. I agree that this might be the case and the original article is far tougher and differentally focused.

    Any division in humanity is against humanity. To define yourself as superior or different in anyway from others is to rightly invite attack so tolerance and foregiveness is all. However to exalt in difference in an active way is a joy go for it. Using multi-culturism as an excuse for not trying to understand others is an abomination so the quote is right and wrong

  2. Well… let’s agree to disagree on most points. I don’t agree that divisions in humanity are necessarily against humanity; in many respects they are an essential part of human civilisation. I also don’t agree that a statement can be simultaneously right and wrong, although different aspects of it may score differently of course.
    The Steyn quote on its own merely states that contemporary multiculturalism demands that different cultures be celebrated just because they exist and regardless of their characteristics. It therefore provides no incentive to study other cultures. I may be overlooking something here, but I think this is basically so.
    Does this quote –on its own or in combination with the title of my blog entry- provide an excuse for not studying other cultures? Possibly, if you endorse contemporary multiculturalism as described in the quote –I don’t and I don’t think Steyn does.

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