Austin: Multiculturalism Could Destroy America -- It Is Cultural Pluralism That Makes Us Great


Then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo caught heat on Tuesday for claiming that multiculturalism is “not who America is.”

Various liberals and Democrats, whether out of ignorance or pure dishonesty, lambasted Pompeo’s comments, suggesting any denial of multiculturalism is an inherently racist rejection of racial and/or ethnic diversity.

That is not the case.

In fact, Pompeo is 100 percent correct about multiculturalism. It  actually is cultural pluralism that makes America great.

“Woke-ism, multiculturalism, all the -isms — they’re not who America is. They distort our glorious founding and what this country is all about. Our enemies stoke these divisions because they know they make us weaker,” Pompeo wrote on Twitter.

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Misunderstanding the definition of multiculturalism, various liberal voices have condemned Pompeo’s message.

Left-leaning outlets made similar mistakes.

The New York Times, for example, published a story on Pompeo’s comments suggesting they were anti-ethnic diversity.

What these leftists fail to understand is that multiculturalism isn’t simply defined as a country full of ethnic or racial diversity.

If the goal is multiculturalism, society will seek to find ways to further separate us into cultural groups. The more differences there are, the more those differences are celebrated. This leads to moral relativism, the idea that morality is subjective and each culture should have the right to define moral values as they see fit.

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Conversely, if cultural pluralism is the goal of a society, that society will find ways to unite all of our distinct cultures behind one unifying message.

Pluralism celebrates differing cultures, as long as they all fit within the larger national community.

Therefore, within a pluralist society, diversity of all sorts is celebrated, as long as those cultures rally around basic values and shared cultural mores.

Simply put, multiculturalism separates us and cultural pluralism brings us together.

Some on the left outright reject cultural pluralism because it requires foreign cultures to adapt to American principles and values.

For example, if guided by cultural pluralism, it would behoove Spanish-speaking Americans to learn English so that they could become better ingratiated into American culture.

In another instance, religious communities across the United States tend to try to fit in within larger communities filled with non-believers or constituents of other faiths. If our society were fully multiculutural, religious communities would separate into different settlements, as is the case with many Amish and some Muslims.

Multiculturalists on the left instead opt to create further divisions by allowing an increasing number of differences to exist within the country, as was evidence with the Biden administration’s reinstitution of the Spanish-language version of the White House website.

When the left began its assault on Pompeo, their lack of nuance and fairness showed that many of the underlying values that tied this country together are fraying.

In their eyes, if you deny multiculturalism, you’re a racist and a bigot.

In reality, a denial of multiculturalism might be the only thing that can stop this country from tearing apart.

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Michael wrote for a number of entertainment news outlets before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter. He now manages the writing and reporting teams, overseeing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
Michael Austin graduated from Iowa State University in 2019. During his time in college, Michael volunteered as a social media influencer for both PragerU and Live Action. After graduation, he went on to work as a freelance journalist for various entertainment news sites before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter.

Since then, Michael has been promoted to the role of Manager of Writing and Reporting. His responsibilities now include managing and directing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
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