Does your mind boggle at the front-and-center facade of the multicultural mystique? Do you feel browbeaten by all the self-righteous progressive double-speak masquerading as tolerance and fairness? Well, be confounded no more, America. Multiculturalism 101 is now part of our core curriculum. And at the head of the class is Victor Davis Hanson, military historian, political essayist, and former Classics professor.
Class is now in session:
Where did multiculturalism come from? It is a bastard child of Marxism, of course, inasmuch as it is anti-capitalist and judges left-wing or pseudo-left-wing totalitarians far less harshly than right-wing authoritarians. It is also a byproduct of Western affluence, which alone provided the margin of safety and affluence to indulge in fantasies. One reports on the noble Palestinians by staying in nice places in Israel; one is an advocate of the ‘other’ in Harlem from the Harvard Lounge and Upper West Side; the yuppie actor praises Chavez and his forced redistributive housing schemes, but would never turn over his vacation Malibu beach house to homeless illegal aliens who cut his lawn.
Finally, multiculturalism is a form of political and historical ignorance. The multiculturalist is an ahistorical fool, who confuses the cultural periphery with the core. Thus the United States is enriched by ‘multicultural’ music, food, fashion, art, and literature from a Mexico or Kenya or Egypt. Fine. Wonderful. All the better. But one, in the spirit of diversity, does not wish to embrace the Mexican judiciary, the Kenyan economic system, or the Arab attitude to women.
Multiculturalism is a fraud of sorts, as the activist who wears the serape to campus never quite agitates for adopting the protocols of the Mexican police or the Mexico City elite’s approach to Indian peoples. We do not see signs blaring out: “We want Nigerian speech codes,” “Treat women as they do in Saudi Arabia,” “Look to the Iranians for gay rights,” “Arabs had the right idea about slavery,” etc. When I do radio talk show interviews, usually the harshest U.S. critics are transplanted Middle Easterners who in their furor at American foreign policy never quite explain why they left and do not go back to places that they now idolize — as if the economic, political, and cultural protocols they enjoy here would appear in Gaza or Yemen like dandelions after a rain if it were not for U.S. imperialism. Pajamas Media