Has Multiculturalism Failed? | Andy Myers
For as long as I can remember, multiculturalism has been lauded as a wondrous panacea for the ills of intolerance and insularity. We were told it would foster peaceful coexistence of people from diverse lands and cultures and give us the opportunity to learn from each other. Together we would be a happy melting pot of humanity and prosper in a society of shared values and aims. These claims were never backed by any rigorous debate or examination of the underlying assumptions however; we were simply expected to accept them as a received wisdom. Given the scale and ambition of this societal grand experiment it is perhaps past time to examine this with more rigour and make an informed decision as to the continued desirability of continuing on the path we are on.
The reality of life in Britain in 2020 does not much resemble this beatific vision of a happily integrated society. Far from race becoming an irrelevance in an increasingly close symbiosis, we live in a time when the colour of our skin or which particular God or Gods we choose to worship (or not) defines our identity and society is fractured into ever smaller groupings.
It’s certainly the case that we have a greater appreciation for the culture, cuisine and religious beliefs of peoples from around the world who less than a century ago were barely represented at all in this country. The question remains though: do the advantages outweigh the downsides?
At the time of writing, many American cities have burned daily for months on end, ostensibly caused by racial conflict. In Britain we’ve had our own share of race rioting in 2020 and before – or, as the BBC would have us believe, “mostly peaceful protests”. Not so peaceful for the dozens of police injured in the riots of course, and I for one have always thought of protests as being more about waving placards and singing rather than setting fire to cars, throwing missiles at police and defacing war memorials.
Far from becoming an irrelevance as our mutual societies coalesce, identity politics is drawing increasingly indelible lines between communities. The BAME community (if such a thing can be said to exist when it covers such a disparate set of human individuals) is increasingly convinced that there is systemic racism at work in many Western countries including Britain. Regardless of the merits or otherwise of this view it’s undeniable that people are seeing themselves more and more through the prism of race, religion and culture.
Many in the indigenous white majority are confused and angry at being constantly being branded as racist whilst at the same time welcoming into their homelands hundreds of thousands of immigrants each year for decades. It is a bitter pill being asked to pay for 48,000 illegal immigrants to be housed in hotels in the UK while service veterans are sleeping rough on the streets.
MI5 has 43,000 people on its watchlist of terror suspects, and 90% of these are Islamic jihadist sympathisers. Of course this is probably just the tip of the iceberg in terms of those who have some sympathies for the cause: not exactly people who have embraced the essence of Britishness.
We see lower admission standards for BAME university candidates, meaning better qualified white candidates lose out. Positive Action selection processes favouring BAME candidates in the workplace again at the expense of the white person. If you happen to be a white man, then you have the double whammy of being branded racist and a toxic male perpetuator of a worldwide colonial patriarchy to boot. The underlying assumption is that all whites are advantaged and all non-whites are disadvantaged. Those of us not blinded by dogma see advantage and disadvantage in all communities and factors like having a father present in the family unit is a far bigger predictor of success than the colour of one’s skin.
It is of course impossible to positively discriminate in favour of one demographic without implicitly negatively discriminating against the remainder. By far the biggest group of disadvantaged in the UK is the white working class, but there are no campaigns by the mainstream media in favour of them. The Labour Party, once the defender of the working class is no longer interested, for them it’s more important to bend the knee and otherwise virtue signal than it is to uphold the rights of the workers – by this process of division they seek to build a solid base for their political support which the working class has not delivered to them in many elections.
Those of us lucky enough to live in genteel suburbia are largely insulated from the problems of multiculturalism. Our neighbours are still predominantly white and middle class. We do of course have a good sprinkling of charming, intelligent and moderate BAME friends, colleagues and neighbours and it can be difficult to appreciate that this is not the whole picture. We should spare some empathy for the people of parts of cosmopolitan London and many of our Northern towns where in one person’s lifetime they have found themselves to all intents and purposes living in a foreign country with different customs, religions and languages and in many cases subject to racism from BAME communities.
The elephant in the room is this anti-white racism which we are often told is impossible – only white people can be racist, claim BLM and the woke Left. This is patently untrue as any perusal of the Twittersphere will quickly reveal. White people must constantly chastise themselves for their innate and inerasable racial guilt. No matter that you’ve never done anything remotely racist in your life; it’s the new original sin and must be constantly atoned for.
Britain rightly and proudly played a leading role in the abolition of the Atlantic Slave Trade. Britain was also the leader in suppressing the white slave trade of the Barbary Coast states which took well over a million slaves from Europe to North Africa. The African slave trade existed for millennia before becoming a feature of Western colonialism, in which the entire supply side of the Atlantic trade was run by black Africans. None of these nuances can be allowed to challenge the narrative of ‘white bad, black victim’, however.
The pace of change in our societal makeup is another cause for concern. In 1951 the minority ethnic group population of England and Wales was estimated to be only 103,000. Fast forward to 2014 and that number had risen to around 8,500,000, and the numbers have only gone up since then. In London in 2011, only 45 per cent (3.7 million) of 8.2 million usual residents were White British. John Cleese opined that London is no longer an English city; though lambasted in some quarters his argument certainly has its merits. As a one-time resident and recent commuter into London I frequently found myself in situations where I was the only person who could be described as indigenous. One of course is reluctant to even raise this as a concern in many forums as the inevitable race card will be played instantly. We should consider what the response would be to over 50% ethnic shift in Bangkok, Tokyo, Beijing or Mumbai however.
Perhaps we can learn something from other societies where different races or cultures have coexisted to see how stable these societies are?
America was always held up as a beacon of a successful melting pot but as anyone who has spent time there can tell you there have always been simmering racial tensions, now being fanned by the forces of Antifa, BLM and the increasingly radical Democrats. Gun sales in 2020 have been the highest on record and there are widespread shortages of ammunition as people increasingly look to their own devices to defend their homes and families.
In Africa there are countless examples of racial conflict: witness the genocides in Rwanda and Burundi where the Hutus and Tutsi took it in turns to massacre each other.
We saw the brutal conflicts arising from the disintegration of Yugoslavia where the artificial conglomeration of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes failed disastrously to produce a homogenous society.
Back in Africa the white populations of Rhodesia/Zimbabwe and South Africa have been systematically dispossessed and murdered in the post-colonial and apartheid eras; apparently anti-white racism is more than possible in Africa.
China constitutes its own racial and cultural melting pot; can anyone say that the cause of the Tibetans or the Uighurs has been furthered by their inclusion in the wider Chinese family?
The Middle East is a meeting place of many peoples and religions, it is also a byword for conflict, racial hatred and religious intolerance.
Many more examples can easily be found of disparate cultures trying and failing to live peacefully together. It is unfortunately an innate human trait to divide people into “us” and “them”; natural identity markers such as race, culture and religion are tectonic fault lines for this division to erupt along.
Ironically in these times when everything associated with empire is vilified, the best examples of disparate peoples peacefully and profitably coexisting are to be found in those very same despised past empires. The Pax Romana lasted a couple of centuries from the start of the reign of Augustus and lingered on until the onset of the Dark Ages in the fifth century AD. The Pax Britannica was another Golden Age for peace, prosperity and progress lasting from the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815 until the start of the Great War in 1914. Much of the present conflict in the world can be attributed to the chaotic end of this period which is widely viewed in only negative terms these days by those with little knowledge of the facts.
Another criticism that can be levelled at multiculturalism is the dilution and weakening of the host culture. This is clear to see in Britain from the widespread attacks on our history and culture, the desire to wipe out evidence of our rich past and the abandonment of our traditions. There is precious little coverage of St George’s Day and there are calls to remove the singing of Land of Hope and Glory from the Last Night of the Proms. We have so much to be proud of as a nation and yet so few opportunities to celebrate our rich culture and history of which we are asked to feel ashamed.
On current trends white British people are destined to become a minority in this country sometime in the 2060s. There has been surprisingly little debate as to the desirability or otherwise of this and yet it promises to completely change the nature of life in this country. Already we can barely be said to be a Christian nation. The principal of one law applying to all is consistently flouted, in many communities the law is administered by self-appointed Sharia courts and bigamy is a fact of life for many as is the inability to escape abusive marriages. Given this rapid change of population makeup the term ‘multiculturalism’ no longer seems apt.
Practices that were unknown in this country before mass immigration are now widespread. Though infrequently and reluctantly reported by the mainstream media, they are far more often conveniently ignored in the interests of maintaining the peace. Many of these practices are abhorrent to the native Briton, and we should be rightly concerned as these proliferate. Do we really want a country with female genital mutilation, the closeting of women within households and behind veils, grooming gangs which view white women as lower than prostitutes and dietary customs that run contrary to the highest standards of animal welfare (non-stun methods of killing animals) to name just a few?
In the final analysis it must be said that there are indeed advantages to be gained from a deeper appreciation of other peoples and cultures. Eventually a global melting pot may well be our final destination. But, in order not to be a cause of conflict rather than understanding, this needs to be slow and gradual. The rapid pace of change we have experienced has not served our best interests and we no longer have a kingdom united by shared values. Whilst we should continue to offer those legal immigrants already here our warmest welcome there is also an obligation on the new members of our society to integrate into our way of life and not the other way around. We should also pause or indeed reverse the course of this dangerous experiment until our society is once again whole and ready to absorb new influences.
Whatever we decide to do it should be based on a reasoned discussion of the pros and cons and we must not shirk the conversation because of the vociferous objections of those who are happy with the direction of travel and who wish to silence all opposition.