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.