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What's your stand on this??? Are you in favour of a mulicultural society or against??? Please discuss, politely.
Do we have to understand it? Or just accept it?XSpeel said:Can we fully understand another culture if we are not part of it? Can multi-culturism exist if we cannot understand another culture?
That's rich coming from someone who hails from one of the greatest colonial nations in the world. I do feel that you should respect the culture you're coming into. You also have to remember where you came from. A bit of a balancing act. All multi-cultural societies are going to have divisions and people who tend towards the same things. Tolerance is the key. Sometimes easier said than done.XSpeel said:I'm for multi-cultured society as long as any imported cultures resepct the native culture and do not try to impose their culture over it. Imported culture should never abuse and insult the native culture, it should cherish the chance of a free multi-cultured society.
I think that the melting is being forced on the indigenous polulation but not on the rest, making it one-way multiculturalism. If an English man said I don't want my daughter marrying an Urbanjani, he would be classed as a racist whereas the Urbanjani father forbidding his daughter marrying an English man would simply be upholding cultural values and traditions. A student can force a state school to change its uniform policy to fit with her religious beliefs but I can't see it happening in a school of the student's religion.AlternateContinuum said:Agreed - its a melting pot, so let it all melt. I worry that the various cultures that exist in Britain are still suspicious of each other, insular and protective of their identity to a point where the melting just isn't happening.
Thanks. Said what I would've if my brain was functioning that efficiently... hehe.Meijin said:No, X-Speel, one shouldn't visit the sins of the father upon the sons, but that doesn't mean that white westerners/first worlders haven't got a lifestyle that is dependent on the previous exploitation of others or that reparations shouldn't be made between states who have historically exploited other states...
...as somebody pointed out very well in the newspaper this morning in a letter, 'WE' as immigrants, that is first worlders who went to the New World and Afica and Asia as colonists and IMMIGRANTS, acted dispicably, killing and wiping out whole peoples and cultures - therefore, any criticising of 'immigrants' within western/british society should be seen within the context of our past historical record of how 'we' acted when we were the immigrants.
That's the gist of John Howard's excuse for not apologising to the Australian aborigines for the stealing of their land, people, children, etc...XSpeel said:Should I be held responsible for the actions of my great ancestors?