Downside of diversity: Multiculturalism may become America’s fatal flaw

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Everything has a downside. A job comes with obligations. Marriage means commitment. Hard partying causes hangovers. Medical insurance requires you to pay premiums and deductibles.

The same is true with ethnic, racial and cultural diversity. “Our differences make us stronger,” goes the popular mantra. We should “celebrate” our differences, political correctness dictates. It sounds great in theory, at least to liberals. But speaking up about the harm that can be caused by multiculturalism and the diversity movement is a quick way to draw fire and implacable hatred from diversity-peddlers.

However, there are real dangers when diversity is over-emphasized. The truth is that problems abound, because diversity exacts a price. In some cases, the downside expands into a dark side. Many organizations that require diversity have lost their ability to focus on achieving results or reaching workable answers. A highly diverse group often produces points of view that don’t engender respect or that don’t fit with reality. Too many opinions and attitudes prowl about. Standards and principles are jettisoned along the way to reaching “common ground.” Diversity in some groups has bred such squabbling, mistrust and diluted decisions that they cannot reach meaningful solutions. Too many bakers spoil the pie.

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Over the years, in an effort to respect all cultures, Western nations have opened their doors and allowed foreigners to immigrate. Only recently have they begun to see the dangers of welcoming people who do not respect the rights and cultures of the community in which they have settled. Many immigrants, especially radical Muslims, have no intention of assimilating. Their intention is to create their own culture and law in their new country. Even the so-called “moderate” Muslim groups in America encourage their flocks to remain foreigners and reject American culture.

It wasn’t too many years ago that Muslim riots raged across France, where thousands of cars were set on fire and police and paramedics became shooting targets. Bombings and coordinated suicide attacks by British Islamists hit London, killing or injuring more than 800 civilians. America’s liberal cultural and political elites have glorified Balkanization and cultural mingling. They refuse to apply hard facts, retreat from real-world decisions and ignore the social degeneration and violence that grows from within. The Obama administration refuses to acknowledge that the phrase, “Diversity is our strength,” is a blatant attack on American culture and Western civilization.

Multiculturalism is deeply flawed and has failed America too many times. None of the Muslim jihadists — like Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan or the Boston Marathon bombers — were impressed by America’s multiculturalism. Muslim radicals don’t practice diversity. They live in a closed-off world, where they typically follow Sharia law and do not tolerate religious or cultural diversity. These are people who won’t stop until they get stopped.

No, multiculturalism does not always increase community harmony, and it is not harmless to America’s national ethos and way of life. It has introduced too many violent foreigners and gangs and too many negative consequences for our nation’s values and culture.

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John R. Smith is chairman of BIZPAC, the Business Political Action Committee of Palm Beach County, and owner of a financial services company. He is a frequent columnist for BizPac Review.
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