The "Cultural Protestant" Origin of Multiculturalism
A conservative blog for peace had an article on “Unitarianism, Modernism and multiculturalism are all Protestantism gone bad” with a link to 西儒 ─ The Western Confucian: The “Cultural Protestant” Origin of Multiculturalism. These bloggers attributed the origin of multiculturalism to “English Calvinism” and “New England Puritanism” respectively.
I made a comment:
Whereas it was the descendants of Dutch Calvinists who proposed the grand solution to multiculturalism — apartheid.
To spare us the discomfort of having to live in proximity to anyone whose ideas, manners or skin colour differed from our own, they simply bulldozed their houses and removed them to another place — a process for which the term “ethnic cleansing” was later invented.
Several people responded to my comment, but nobody seemed to “get it”. All were trying to find someone (other than Dutch Calvinists) to blame for apartheid. It’s easier to find a scapegoat than a solution.
But the bigger question is ignored. And that is the assumption that “multiculturalism” is “bad” or “blameworthy”. If the descendants of English Calvinists created the “problem”, why are the descendants of Dutch Calvinists “blameworthy” for trying to find a solution?
In South Africa we found that apartheid was a thoroughly bad thing, and that the problem it was intended to solve — multiculturalism — was not such a problem after all. And suddenly the rest of the world seems to have switched its view. As South Africa abandoned apartheid, Yugoslavia embraced it, with the help of Germany and Nato. And now, it seems, Americans are doing the same.
The question is not who is to “blame” for multiculturalism, but why do people like this “Western Confucian” and so many others simply assume that it is a Bad Thing?
I can agree that the English Calvinists contributed to it in America — after all, they emigrated there and created a multicultural society. But if their descendants think it is such a bad thing, then they should either return to their ancestral homelands, or learn to live with the multicultural society that their ancestors created by settling there in the first place.