Multiculturalism will fail as people are different
IN MY opinion, multiculturalism has largely failed.
It is, on paper, a most noble cause. People of a certain age may remember a soft drink advert where people from different backgrounds, nationalities and races all wanted to teach the world to sing and live in perfect harmony.
Belfast has a “peace wall” that actually divides people of different Christian denominations, probably the same people that condemned apartheid in South Africa and confirmed anti-racists fail to see the irony in George Galloway deliberately targeting the Muslim vote in Bradford when Ray Honeyford was vilified in the 1980s in the same city for using his common sense to state that unless ethnic minorities feel some connection with the country they live in, adapt to the culture and learn the native language, they will be at a serious social disadvantage.
If multiculturalism is about understanding differences, immigrants should adapt to the ways of their host nation and not vice versa.
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I freely admit that British migrants/expats who expect UK-style pubs, fish and chips, the Premier League on Sky Sports wherever they go and don’t even bother to learn the language of the country they move to and in many cases, hypocritically complain about immigration to UK and bizarrely claim that they were forced to become immigrants themselves because of immigration, are as guilty of not adapting as those they complain about.
There has to be mutual respect.
Migrants to this country should preserve their own culture while adapting to and respecting ours, the same criteria should most definitely apply to Britons emigrating.
David Cameron and Angela Merkel have both freely admitted that multiculturalism has failed.
The reason it has failed is that people are different.
There are prejudices and differences inside us all, be they racism, religious intolerance, intellectual arrogance, snobbery or plain disdain, if you put half a dozen white British males together in a shared house, there are bound to be disputes, squabbles, fall-outs and tensions, this is something I can say from experience, so lumping 60 million people together on an island is largely just an extension of that.
We have to accept that people are individuals, pigeon-holing us into categories like a convenient filing system and enforcing a completely unnatural state of affairs on us isn’t going to suddenly change our ways.
Until mutual respect becomes habitual, multiculturalism cannot and will not work.
David Sanderson, Grimsby.
The Telegraph says
Can anyone really expect multiculturalism to work within a few generations? A thought-provoking letter – so tell us your views on the subject.