Essay On Multiculturalism

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Britain is and always has been a mixed race society. Gradually over the years, millions of people all over the world arrive either through past invasion or come as an immigrant to escape their own country’s famine, persecution and seeking for better economic opportunities in the UK (Zafra, 2007). The history of immigration and invasion has produced today’s diverse community. However, for the past few years, there has been a dispute concerning whether multiculturalism has obstruct the goal of attaining a peaceful community and instead causing extremism in the UK. According to Michelle Wilkinson (2011), this is resulted by the notion that multiculturalism promotes segregation and different groups having different beliefs leading to heavy tension and radicalization. On the other hand, multiculturalism has also been praised for advancing equality and social recognition (Caroline Howarth & Eleni Andreouli, 2013). In the light of this controversial issue, both aspect of the pro and cons of Multiculturalism to the society will be covered in this essay, exploring as a whole whether the ideology of Multiculturalism in enforcing equality has worked in Britain or not. The definition and ideology of multiculturalism is a heavily debated concept. Tariq Moodod (Page 73-74) believes that the notion of multiculturalism is to bring equality to everyone and creating a tolerant society regardless of the differences in ethnic background as everyone has the right to say his or her opinion without being discriminated. Nevertheless, in 5 February 2011, the prime minister of the UK, David Cameron brought up an emotive subject during his speech claiming that Multiculturalism has failed in the UK. He stated that the doctrine of multiculturalism has “encou... ... middle of paper ... ...onious society or creating hatred in the society. Regardless of that, the important note behind the concept of multiculturalism is to establish equal respect and right for everyone. Nothing should necessarily jeopardize the equality of respect among the society because of their opposed beliefs and backgrounds. In a point of a fact, no society or individual is perfect, clash of opinions will still occur in a multiculturalism society but by the end of the day, we should learn to develop positive attitudes in learning to tolerate and accepting the differences and separatism. Nelson Mandela (page 622) ruled out “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

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