Melting Pot or Salad Bowl?

By Markus Weinzinger

 

As always, opinion articles reflect only the personal beliefs of the author and not necessarily those of the Denobis staff, Denobis editors, or Tri-City Prep as a whole.

 

America is the premier mixed-culture nation on Earth. It’s a country where people from the world over have come to flee tyranny or to start from scratch. It is from this reality that America is known as the “melting pot,” that perfect blend of every spice, savor, and sweetener. Arriving in America, immigrants are no longer obligated to keep themselves tethered to their native culture. They have the wonderful opportunity to participate as citizens of the freest nation and pursue their dreams. Why then, is the melting pot established long ago tipping over and down the drain?

Replacing the melting pot practice is a new policy that’s emerged in the U.S. and in Europe: multiculturalism. Stemming from the left-wing school of thought, multiculturalism is the practice of multiple cultures coexisting. Sounds great: people get to see and experience the dances, cuisines, and costumes of rich cultures. However, multiculturalism doesn’t mean those cultures are obligated to cooperate or contribute to society. Multiculturalism’s effects can be seen as plain as day in Europe, which is on the frontline of the migrant crisis.

Since the migrant crisis flowed from Syria in the thick of intense conflict, Europe hasn’t hesitated in the least in lending a helping hand. The pictures and news reels report droves of migrants entering wide-open gates, smiles perched on their lips. Politicians like German chancellor Angela Merkel praised the efforts as an amazing display of the Western world’s tolerant and warm social atmosphere. The good feelings would be ephemeral, however.

One year ago on New Year’s Eve, a mob estimated to be as great as a thousand raped and sexually assaulted girls in Cologne, Germany. Breitbart London reports as many as 359 complaints of these assaults were filed that night. Earlier in November 2015, terror attacks rocked Paris, and in March 2016, a Brussels airport followed. Can it be coincidental that these vicious assaults followed the massive surge of migrants? I think not.

According to the United Kingdom Independence Party’s Nigel Farage, that may very well be the case. Farage announced that Italian intelligence networks intercepted messages that ISIS threatens to infiltrate a whopping 500,000 operatives into Europe through the migrant crisis. How does multiculturalism come into play?

The reality is that multiculturalism strengthens unity in the tiny enclaves, not the host nation. It takes a sledgehammer to national identity and essentially establishes mini countries that retain the laws, culture, and values of their native countries. This is especially dangerous for cultures that are fiercely incompatible with Western values. If a Swede walked into a Muslim neighborhood in Sweden, that person is subject to the laws of that neighborhood. For those who don’t know Sharia Law, progressives would be appalled at the biased mistreatment of women and homosexuals. Women could even be indicted for coming forward as a rape victim.

Sweden, the gracious champion in the migrant crisis, has sustained a not-so-grateful reaction from migrants. A CBS news network team traveled to Sweden in the hopes of finding how the country was fairing since ingesting millions of refugees. At the time, Sweden announced there were fifty-five no-go zones –places deemed too dangerous for Swedes to go. In a more secure environment, the team interviewed friendly migrants, but when the police walked away, they lashed out behind covered faces, hurling projectiles and kicking the producer and cameraman. Video footage captured by eyewitnesses in another incident showed migrants laying wreckage to municipal infrastructure, such as traffic lights, store windows, and igniting piles of tires in the middle of the street. To top it off, Sweden was recently named the rape capital of the West by Gatestone Institute, and second in the world behind the African country Lesotho.

These real-world examples showcase the dark side of multiculturalism. This policy encourages more of a “salad bowl” society. Contrasted to a melting pot, a salad bowl’s composition is made up of heterogeneous ingredients: one can easily point out the tomatoes from the lettuce. This situation first appeared in America in the immigration waves of the 1800s. New York City, being the posterchild American community, displayed the effects of multiculturalism: there was an Italian neighborhood, a German neighborhood, a Jewish neighborhood, an Irish neighborhood, and many other ethnic concentrations. This practice doesn’t facilitate a friendly, smooth assimilation, because these pockets encourage its members to act more like partisans than partners. Gangs assembled in these neighborhoods patrolled their ethnic turf; how can the immigrants even try to assimilate if native-born Americans are intimidated? Doesn’t the host nation’s presiding officer care for his or her people?

If people really want diversity, then a salad bowl approach is the death sentence. Worse, the inflammatory voices opposing invasion of their way of life are suppressed with accusations of racism and xenophobia. How is it moral for a country’s people, let alone their own president, to willfully capitulate to cultures abrasive to Western values?

I am not calling for a ban on specific ethnicities and cultures, but I am calling for people to dissect the purpose and end game of multiculturalism. It makes tensions between natives and immigrants worse. It values the new and trendy cultures, while self-deprecating and shaming the national heritage and identity. If the people of the world really want diversity, then a melting pot model populated by cool-headed, decent people is the only way.

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