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Is multiculturalism a better social model than assimilation?

  • Multiculturalism is a great social model, because it promotes peace and harmony.

    When people are forced to assimilate to a culture, it causes them to feel resentment, and they are likely to maintain their cultural heritage in a furtive manner. In a society where multiculturalism is embraced, all people are encouraged to practice their cultures in the open. This allows people from a variety of cultures to get to know each other, and what they are all about. In the long run this leads to a greater understanding, and peace and harmony in the community.

    Posted by: TaintedHamel
  • I am opposed to assimilation, I believe that unique cultural differences are what build a society and make it stronger.

    When people assimilate in to a culture they tend to loose their own cultural pride and traditions. You can be in a different culture and blend in with that culture while still preserving your own individuality. Its important to pass on traditions throughout generations so people do not forget where they come from. A wise man once said "you cant get to where your going if you don't know where you come from."

    Posted by: C0ImEIite
  • Multiculturalism is progress, assimilation is suppression.

    Assimilation is not cooperation between cultures, it is dominance of one culture over another. We cannot hope to gain anything by suppressing minority practices and beliefs. The only way humans will ever achieve world peace is by attempting to understand one another. Only through tolerance and careful listening can we all come to an agreement on the ideal model for society. Conformity is one short stem from assimilation. In the United States everyone has different backgrounds, and everyone’s values are different, no matter if they come from across the globe or had ancestors on the Mayflower. Yet we try to accept everyone, try to get along, and agree about respecting everyone’s beliefs and personal rights. One culture cannot hope to bring others to light by threatening them; unjust practices will only truly die out once those who practice them can choose to change rather than be forced to. And change, albeit gradual, will result from multiculturalism. Perhaps one day we will have a global culture that is defined by multiculturalism, rendering the term meaningless: a culture in which anyone can chose what practices to follow, regardless of their ancestry or country of birth, and as long as their choices do not infringe on others' rights they will be accepted by society.

  • Multiculturalism is a more open-minded society, but only if it lacks a dominant culture.

    Multiculturalism allows for a more open-minded society. It brings together people with different views and forces them to work together and communicate with each other. A single-culture society tends to get a closed view of the world and has trouble accepting other cultures' values and customs. But, multiculturalism only works if it lacks a dominant culture. Otherwise, the dominant culture will always be fighting to enforce its own values, fearing that other cultures will influence or change it.

    Posted by: KnownEvan
  • Assimilation is wrong.

    Forcing someone to abandon their culture because it doesn't fit with the status-quo is wrong. When I see people saying things like "you should be willing to accept the customs of your new country," I can't help but to remind the person that a country is just a piece of land sectioned off by a couple of imaginary lines drawn upon a map. Forcing someone to give up who they are in order to cross one of these drawn in lines is absolutely absurd, and any North American settler who thinks that it's not should be reminded of the way their ancestors stole this continent from its people and took over like an invasive species. If you want to talk assimilation, then you had better give up your western way of living.

  • I believe multiculturalism is a greater social model than assimilation because without diversity, we have nothing to learn.

    Multiculturalism is a greater social model over assimilation because diversity is what our society is built from. Without diversity, America would not exist. Our society was built from an array of different people who all sought a better life. Today, America is still known as a "melting pot" for in any given place, you will see people from all walks of life.

    Posted by: OneyP34ch
  • Multiculturism is a better social model than assimilation, because individuals are able to express varying degrees of individuality.

    Multiculturism is a better social model than assimilation in that it teaches others to be tolerant of different views. Multiculturism includes more than just religion and education. Cultures experience and view the world differently linguistically and cognitively. This allows us the opportunity to exchange ideas and find alternative solutions to community, as well as world problems.

    Posted by: CarIoBIacken
  • Multiculturalism is a better social model than assimilation because no one way of life is better than another.

    Multiculturalism is a better social model than assimilation because no one way of life is better than another. One can assimilate to a society that isn't deserving of it. With change and variety, we all learn from each other. Learning is in everyone's best interest. There is no good reason for us all to look, act, dress, think, and eat alike.

    Posted by: H0bi3Invader
  • It is good

    When people assimilate in to a culture they tend to loose their own cultural pride and traditions. You can be in a different culture and blend in with that culture while still preserving your own individuality. Its important to pass on traditions throughout generations so people do not forget where they come from. A wise man once said "you cant get to where your going if you don't know where you come from."

  • Assimilation is forced rejection of ones culture!

    People came to the United States to escape persecution and continue their culture. Assimilate means to join in a culture not cast your own out! Also America is NOT a melting pot it is more like the "salad bowl". We do not have to reject who we are to have a shared identity.

  • Is multiculturalism a better social model than assimilation?

    Actually assimilation is the best way to go.
    Let's look at the Immigrants from the 30s all the way up to the 70s, Majority of them were of European decent, they wanted to assimilate and become American, and they did. By the second generation of European Immigrants they knew how to speak English fluently, and adopted the American way of life. By the third or fourth generation you could not tell them apart from anyone else.

    Now for Modern day Immigrants. They are not of European decent, and they come here by the thousands every year. The U.S has already taken in a third of Mexico's population and the numbers are continuously growing.Majority of them don't care to learn English, or assimilate. They expect the U.S to assimilate to them. In a couple more generations California, Arizona, etc will be Mexican dominated. The U.S is taking in third world Immigrants in mass numbers, majority of them take with them their third world mentality, crime, diseases, etc.. Look at the U.K for instance with their huge population of Muslims. The Muslims are pushing Sharia Law. In certain parts of the U.K Sharia is the law. Unless you are Muslim, it is a very dangerous place to be. In a couple more generations the U.K along with Sweden, and other European Countries that have taken in mass numbers of Muslims. Will become Muslim Countries. Beware U.S, we are heading in that same direction.

    In my opinion, we should stop all third world Immigration, and start importing more White Europeans. In another 50-100 years, Whites will either be a very small minority or close to extinction, and I don't want that to happen. Europe should be for Europeans, America for Americans, Asia for Asians, and Africa for Africans. This Multicultural experiment is failing.

  • History Repeating itself.

    Multiculturalism is not a new idea and it had been attempted many times throughout history.

    Ancient empires like Babylon and the Roman Empire both had experienced a short term or temporary benefits and even made them a global power in their day.

    However, at the end of the day Babylon eventually fell to the Medes and the Persians and Roman Empire Fell by Division that resulted in the modern day Europe of today with their own culture.

  • Immigrants who choose to make a foreign country their native new home should be prepared to accept the universal practices and languages of that country.

    Multiculturalism is a beautiful theory, but it isn't practical for many economic and social reasons. For example: A country should not be forced to write and print at its own cost, literature that pertains to its citizens in dozens of languages, when one universally accepted language is used most often. Companies should not be resigned to hiring bilingual or multi-lingual employees to make life more comfortable for foreigners who refuse to assimilate by learning the basics of a country's spoken language. If people are not willing to assimilate, then why are they establishing residence in a foreign land?

    Posted by: N3vinFace
  • We are the borg

    We are the borg, resistance is futile, you will be assimilated. On a serious note (star trek quotes aside) multiculturalism, whilst it has it's benefits destroys the identity and traditions of indigenous populations. It also leads to a homogenisation of culture which is likely to eventually form an amorphous monoculture (you mix the mixed nuts hard and fast enough and you'll end up with a nut smoothie that tastes the same, feels the same, looks the same and even causes the same allergic reaction). I am proud of my differences to other people. I celebrate these, it is why I travel - I like learning of other cultures and people, but there is an old quote "when in Rome". Integration/assimilation are much more sensible and cause much less local/regional/national level hostility, whereas multiculturalism causes schisms between people living on the same street... and all levels above it.

  • There does not have to be one or the other, and there should be a combination of the two.

    Some cultural traditions are desirable and advantageous to the people, and they can be enjoyed forever. Other areas should be assimilated, such as education, work and hobbies. The society should be smart and keep the good, while letting go of the bad segregationist aspects.

    Posted by: DisillusionedGilberto67
  • Multiculturalism is not a better social model than assimilation, as it creates a divided society with no common beliefs or values.

    Multiculturalism is a terrible social model and the source of many of today's ills. Many western societies have tried this model by trying to accept and accommodate all cultures, no matter how different they were from each other or the host country's culture. The results have been a divided society where various groups of people share no common values and, thus, no respect for wider society. This leads to religious extremists, riots and criminality.

    Posted by: EminentBennett93
  • No, I feel that assimilation is a better social model, not only for the integrity of the culture that is accepting the immigrants, but also for security reasons.

    A nation and the people inhabiting it have their own identity. People migrating in from a different country should, up until a certain point, accept and integrate into the culture they have chosen to live amongst. In this way they will learn to respect the native culture and understand the people living within it. Another argument against multiculturalism is that cultures do clash. The effects of two opposing cultures meeting and conflicting in the nation that is accepting the two cultures, in addition to trying to keep its own, can lead to violence and instability. See for example the conflict in Africa after colonial powers reorganized the territorial boundaries.

    Posted by: R4yAnych
  • Assimilation is a better social model than multiculturalism, because multiculturalism implies competition between the cultures, while assimilation allows cooperation between the cultures.

    Assimilation is a better social model than multiculturalism, because multiculturalism implies competition between the cultures, while assimilation allows cooperation between the cultures. With multiculturalism, one culture will always be superior, while others are inferior. But, with assimilation, all cultures are equal. Assimilation encourages immigrants to seek like countries, creating less difficulty.

    Posted by: jackprague94
  • Multiculturalism takes away the identity of individual countries.

    I believe that multiculturalism should not go so far as to endanger the individual identities of different countries. This is one of the things that make the world interesting. Our country was founded on assimilation and I believe that it is still a good practice. Immigrants come to our country and others because of something that appeals to them there. Since this is true, I think it would be best if they assimilated into our established culture.

    Posted by: R0d0Ferdy
  • Multiculturalism is watering down the individual differences and uniqueness found in different nations.

    Multiculturalism is not a better social model because it waters down the uniqueness and individual differences that a nation possesses. It is much better for people to assimilate into the chosen society they are joining is better than trying to find of multicultural mix that takes away the individuality of the nation.

    Posted by: TasticBran

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ahmed.alhammadi says2015-04-09T04:22:45.750
Multiculturalism is the future because there are many benefits like, there are many different cultures and they have to know about the other cultures and know how to communicate with the people. Multiculturalism promotes peace and harmony. This allows people to get to know each other. I believe that multiculturalism is a strong society because they are from different cultures and that’s good. Bring people from another culture and make them to communicate with others and that this makes their society strong.