Let’s be practical about multiculturalism

After the murders in Paris at Charlie Hebdo magazine and the kosher supermarket, one could hear the comforting sound of tens of thousands of footsteps marching in enraged opposition to the terrorists.

But if you listened more carefully, you also could hear the shattering of a concept that has formed much of European life for the last half-century — “multiculturalism.”

Born out of the civil rights turmoil of the ’60s and ’70s, multiculturalism does not, for instance, mean enjoying the famous writers of Mexico or Nigeria; what it does mean is dividing nation-states, until now made up of millions of individuals, into sealed ethnic groups that then bargain for privilege.