October 8, 2007

IF YOU HAVEN'T EVEN FIGURED OUT THE CONTOURS OF THE CULTURE WAR HOW ARE YOU GOING TO WIN IT?:

Fear of giving offence is killing our culture (Minette Marrin, 10/07/07, Times of London)

For at least 20 years there was a debilitating fog of moral relativism in the air, a miasma of guilty self-loathing, to the point when some natives persuaded themselves that although all other cultures were equal, ours alone was less equal than others, or might at least be offensive, and should be suppressed. Even the phrase “host culture” was considered unacceptable.

We have moved on since then, supposedly, and surprisingly suddenly. Many prominent multiculturalists, including the Commission for Racial Equality itself, have recently performed swift U-turns and the bien-pensant orthodoxy now is that multiculturalism has been a divisive failure. Integration is the new big thing.

The host culture is no longer to be demonised, but to be accepted and respected. Even manipulative politicians, such as Gordon Brown, now realise that saying so will do them no harm these days. It might seem, superficially, that the Victoria Climbié report and the massacre of 7/7 in London, among other shocks, have brought us back at last to our cultural senses and our cultural self-respect.

Not entirely so, unfortunately. There are still signs that many people are in the grip of the old orthodoxy; its hold on public institutions and the public mind seems to be remarkably persistent. A week ago The Sunday Times reported that some Muslim workers in Sainsbury’s are refusing to check out purchases of alcohol on the debatable ground that it’s against their religion. Whenever the sinful stuff is presented by a customer at the till, the Muslim expects an infidel colleague to hurry over and sully his or her hands with the transaction instead.

This is preposterous and a depressing sign of the times. But the painful truth is it would be just as preposterous to blame the Sainsbury’s Muslims. For years now ethnic minorities have been encouraged to insist on their cultural differences and on their human right to have these differences respected and actively promoted. It is hardly surprising that they have responded by doing so. It is those who have encouraged them who are to blame.


As a threshold matter, one has to grasp that the point of multiculturalism was never to respect other peoples' cultures, but to debase our own.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 8, 2007 8:33 AM
Comments

I borrowed from the local public library the first season of the American version of The Office. One of the episodes was called Diversity Day or something. It was funny and boss naturally was an idiot; however, one of the characters lost the big sale because he was attending these ridiculous diversity things. I wondered if that was intentional?

Posted by: pchuck at October 8, 2007 10:49 AM

See also the feminists reaction to Packer and Clinton...

Posted by: Benny at October 8, 2007 12:38 PM
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