Friday, February 11, 2011

Even The Liberal French Are Abandoning Multiculturalism

On Being Different: Diversity and Multiculturalism in the North American Mainstream

America has always been a great melting pot. This has allowed massive immigration from may areas of the world without serious domestic turmoil. Different communities may have their own cultural or ethnic flavor, but we all spoke the same language and shared the same goals and values. In recent years, there has been a push for multiculturalism. This is the idea many completely different communities, with different languages, values and goals, can coexist as part of the same country. It encompasses the idea that being different is good. Well, it doesn't work well and even the French seem ready to throw in the towel.

PARIS (AFP) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy declared Thursday that multiculturalism had failed, joining a growing number of world leaders or ex-leaders who have condemned it.

“My answer is clearly yes, it is a failure,” he said in a television interview when asked about the policy which advocates that host societies welcome and foster distinct cultural and religious immigrant groups.

“Of course we must all respect differences, but we do not want… a society where communities coexist side by side.

“If you come to France, you accept to melt into a single community, which is the national community, and if you do not want to accept that, you cannot be welcome in France,” the right-wing president said.

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