The Menace of Multiculturalism: Trojan Horse in America

The Menace of Multiculturalism: Trojan Horse in America

The Menace of Multiculturalism: Trojan Horse in America

The Menace of Multiculturalism: Trojan Horse in America

Synopsis

In this broad condemnation of multiculturalism, the author works to uncover pernicious errors in the arguments of diversity's proponents and to sound a warning against the dire consequences for American culture if the tenets of "political correctness" are incorporated into our social structure. Schmidt begins by exposing multiculturalism not as a movement aimed at expanding democratic ideals but rather as a crypto-Marxist political ideology that seeks to import Marxist concepts into social and cultural institutions. Subsequent chapters then illuminate a number of dismaying trends: a tendency toward historical revisionism in multiculturalist arguments, the sly linguistic maneuvering and limits on speech that characterize "political correctness", and the dismantling of the traditional image of the family unit - the primary building block of American society. Schmidt concludes with a rousing admonition to expel from our midst the latter-day Trojan horse that is multiculturalism.

Excerpt

If multiculturalism in American schools and colleges were, as many of its advocates insist, nothing more than a program for teaching young people about other cultures, merely a broader alternative to "monoculturalism," then it would be uncontroversial. Who could be against hundreds of thousands of undergraduates going beyond Plato and Shakespeare and energetically grappling with the Analects ofConfucius, the Muquaddimmah ofIbn Khaldun, and Rabindranath Tagore Gitanjali?

The reason for the controversy over multiculturalism--both as an educational program and as the basis for identity--is that in practice it offers a specific paradigm for understanding both Western and non- Western cultures. Similarly, it provides an ideological lens for interpreting conflicts about race, gender, and sexual orientation in the United States. Consequently, the multicultural debate is a civil conflict within the West about competing ways to understand ourselves and the world beyond.

Alvin Schmidt The Menace of Multiculturalism: Trojan Horse of America is a powerful indictment of multiculturalism in practice, yet it is written from the point of view of one who is supportive of a broader, more integrated concept of learning, as well as one who is committed to America as a more inclusive society. Schmidt's attack on multiculturalism is so unrelenting and effective precisely because he sees it as betraying its goals, dividing the nation into warring factions, promulgating lies instead of truth, and thus undermining the prospects for citizens of different backgrounds living together and adjudicating differences in a rational and civil manner.

Schmidt accurately diagnoses cultural relativism to be the hidden hand . . .

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