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America Is Still Multiethnic and Not Multicultural: Be Thankful

But for how long?

If white nationalism emerges as a societal threat, it won’t be because of white nationalists’ organizational and leadership skills. It will be the result of policies of those who would abhor such a development.

Tribalism is a persistent human emotion. Overarching nationalism that appeared to be long embraced collapsed in a single night, replaced by a resurgence of tribalism.

As the Soviet Union unraveled, each nationality sought its own independence. The collapse of Yugoslavia brought violence between neighbors who had existed in comity for generations. Croat killed Serb and Serb killed Muslim and each killed one another.

Aside from Switzerland, no successful multicultural society has ever existed. America, despite its embrace of multicultural mantras, is still a multiethnic culture with many subcultures swimming in the sea of a dominant culture.

If America becomes a true multicultural society, it will have the stability of Lebanon, the efficiency of Belgium, and the tolerance of Rwanda.

America’s unique success as a multiethnic society is the consequence of having been, for decades, the destination of people who chose to leave their former loyalties behind and adopt new ones. For those that didn’t, their children eagerly did.

Acculturation and then assimilation occurred in America because after 1924 there was a lack of new immigrants in substantial numbers to reinforce the culture left behind. Where the old culture persisted, it nonetheless declined from generation to generation.

That of course has changed in a world where Skype, the Internet, and overseas air travel mean the old culture can be turned on and embraced if one desires to do so. But more important than advancing technology is the changing role of the education system.

Continue reading in the American Spectator…

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