Guardian: Diversity and immigration are not the problem. Political courage is

Multicultural policies emerged in the 1980s largely in response to the anger within minority communities created by racism, an anger that found an explosive vent in the inner-city riots of the late 1970s and 80s. To assuage this anger, the authorities pioneered a new strategy of drawing black and Asian communities into the mainstream political process by designating specific organisations or community leaders to represent their interests.

In this process was born the idea of Britain as “a community of communities”, as the influential 2000 Parekh report on multiculturalism put it. The authorities attempted to manage diversity by putting people into particular ethnic and cultural boxes, defining individual needs by virtue of the boxes into which people were put, and using those boxes to shape public policy. They treated minority communities as if each were a distinct, homogenous whole, each composed of people all speaking with a single voice, each defined by a singular view of culture and faith. The most conservative figures often came to be accepted as the authentic voices of minority groups…

…The problem of multiculturalism is not one of too much immigration or diversity. It lies, rather, in the impact of the policies enacted to manage diversity. When we talk of “multiculturalism”, we often conflate the lived experience of diversity with public policies towards minority communities. The failure of those policies has led many to blame diversity itself as the problem…

But none of it would have happened without all this marvellous diversity in the first place. Especially Muslim diversity. Even if many Muslims are secular or not particularly devout, it’s clear the seeds for violent fanaticism are in Islamic scriptures — the Koran and Hadith.

There are periods when it recedes and periods when there are outbreaks. It has been like for 1400 years. The West became distracted by Communism in the 20th century and assumed — completely incorrectly — that religion in general was on the way out.

Big mistake. A total disaster is what I would make of it. Now the wretched cult is entrenched and attracting native loons with a propensity for violence.   And that does cover Islam’s “parallel world” and it’s endless demands on us.

I simply despise Islam itself.  Can I say that? It not the people, it is the cult itself.  If I never see another bearded loon or group ranting about their precious “prophet” it will be too soon.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    “a community of communities”
    Joe Clark used to use the exact same phrase.

    • Censored_often

      Too many communities! *sigh*

  • Dana Garcia

    Some diversity cannot be “managed.”

    Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew, a proponent of multiculturalism: “I think we were progressing very nicely until the surge of Islam came … I would say today, we can integrate all religions and races except Islam.”

    • Frau Katze

      He’s absolutely right. The true believers consider us a lower life form. They might be “contaminated” by us.

  • k

    eeehem… tell me…. Why do we have to be diverse in …..
    Britain, Sweden, Norway,Germany, Italy, Portugal etc????????????
    Article was artfully done for the palates of the Neo Liberal to digest
    ….. thus more attempts to accept MORE immigration to feed the bellies of the Fat Cats & to allow the take-over by Muslims
    THIS is what SHOULD happen
    #’s of jobs = all citizens have jobs
    (meaning no one on Welfare or EI & day care automatic for all single parents)
    Immigration is ZERO if there are CITIZENS OUT OF WORK!
    GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS SHOULD COLLAPSE IF THE NEED IS NOT THERE! They can restart when the need arises again. They do it in private industry Come on you can handle it.
    All countries around the world need to acknowledge that….
    the Muslim world is in TURMOIL …..and therefore…..
    the turmoil should be CONTAINED SO AS NOT TO CREATE A WORLD WAR!!!!!
    No more Muslim immigration till they have created stability and can play nicely with others

  • El Martyachi
    • Frau Katze

      Good one!

  • cmh

    It’s just as if a Monty Python’s Flying Circus skit has come to life

  • Una Salus

    For the Guardian the problem is always that there isn’t the political courage to force people to do what they’re supposed to do.
    People are all supposed to be the same so the term “diversity” is a really a misnomer as far as they’re concerned. They use the term as a matter of convenience.
    There isn’t any real diversity as far as they’re concerned. There are just traditions, values and history that needs to relegated to the dust bin.

    They’re creating a new society. A better society.
    Why isn’t it working and more importantly why do they have to hear about it?
    Because they haven’t got there yet. That’s the problem. It’s always the problem.

  • Ho Hum