Friday, 24th March 2017
MULTICULTURALISM IS A FACT, NOT A CHOICE
Anushka Asthana, writing in the Observer Newspaper, has given an interesting personal account of 'multiculturalism'. You can read the whole article in the link here - she is a policy editor, so clearly has influence in her thinking. I absolutely agree with her that multiculturalism is a fact, not a choice. It is how we choose to live with it that matters.
The key point in the article is about the need to improve cultural literacy in the nation. And this nation is very culturally illiterate, in spite of its 'civilisation' status. Languages are the best example of proof - very few people in the country can speak any language other than English, and often they are even poor in their English. This shows how much awareness and respect there is of difference. Even in schools, if languages are taught, the overwhelming influence is on European languages.
Wake up to the world, Britain. Anushka is very polite in her article, and does not make the observation that in Britain, pride has turned to arrogance, and this is a disaster for any society. Often this arrogance is preventing different cultures to co-exist.
What can be done? Here are some practical suggestions:
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