The negative impact of multiculturalism (Multiculturalism highlights difference and can lead to hate crimes). The Negative Impact of Multiculturalism Hello, this is XYZ , and I am going to convey my standpoint regarding the negative aspects of multiculturalism.
Dear audience, it is very hard to believe how multiple races can coexist in a society where discrimination and racial hatred has not vanished even after so many anti-discriminatory laws and legislature. There is no way harmony and peace can be brought into a society where people hate each other, think of others as inferior, and consider themselves as the superior beings on the earth. When the basic religious lesson of equality and humanity is forgotten, how people belonging to different cultures can accept others’ identities? My mind does not accept this.
Dear fellows, terrorism is on its rise, and racial differences have been a part and parcel of the whole scenario. The stigma attached to the Arabs, for example, makes them aliens among us. We are not able to feel comfortable in diverse workplaces, where people from other cultures work, because we are afraid they might have hidden bombshells under their clothes. This fear has elevated after the 9/11 attacks. How are we going to trust people of other cultures and races now? Cultural and racial profiling that involves blaming people belonging to other races and cultures is on its rise after the terrorist attacks.
It is “the practice of targeting individuals for police or security interdiction, detention, or other disparate treatment based primarily on their race or ethnicity, in the belief that certain minority groups are more likely to engage in unlawful behavior” (Muffler, 2006, p.1). Cultural profiling is simply a violation of the constitution that gives protection to all cultural groups of a society.
It has led to shooting and killing of people of other cultures for the sake of security, based on stereotypes attached to certain cultural groups. For example, Travon Martin was “the unarmed teenager allegedly killed by a neighborhood watch captain while walking home from a store” (Lee, 2012, para.1). He was an African-American. Hence, multiculturalism has given rise to cultural profiling, especially in America, as people of other cultures have been targeted, shot, gunned down, punished, and tortured, just because of their cultural backgrounds.
What is more, my dear friends, multiculturalism has also given rise to conflicts and disputes at workplaces. The difference in salaries and benefits seen at workplaces is actually what gives rise to discrimination, which eventually leads to hatred between members of the same community resulting in the overall decline in the relations. We see patterns of professional and industrial segregation for people of diverse cultural backgrounds.
The economic inequality between cultures, the white dominance, and the consumerist economic exploitation gave rise to the Black Radical Congress in the early 21st century, which aimed at targeting the system of oppression that kept the blacks away from occupational, social and industrial opportunities. But still, this discrimination has not vanished. Even the affirmative action policies in the workplaces have resulted in reverse discrimination (Dauntigney, 2014).
With the implementation of affirmative action policies in the workplaces, people of the historically dominant cultural group suffer from reverse discrimination, as companies may end up giving preference to candidates with low proficiency level as compared to really skilled candidates, because of the implication to satisfy affirmative action policies (Pincus, 2003).
Hence, I argue that multiculturalism leads to many hazards, of which cultural hatred, cultural profiling, and reverse discrimination are notable.
Dauntigney, E. (2014). Advantages and disadvantages of affirmative action in the workplace. Chron.com. Retrieved April 16, 2014, from http://smallbusiness.chron.com/advantages-disadvantages-affirmative-action-workplace-18141.html
Lee, T. (2012). Trayvon Martin case: 911 audio released of teen shot by neighborhood watch captain (AUDIO). The Trayvon Martin Case. Retrieved April 16, 2014, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/16/trayvon-martin-911-audio-_n_1354909.html
Muffler, S.J. (2006). Racial Profiling: Issues, Data, and Analyses. USA: Nova Publishers.
Pincus, F.L. (2003). Reverse Discrimination: Dismantling the Myth. London: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2003.