In light of the response to my previous post, and because I attend a university that is constantly pushing "multiculturalism," I think that this post is appropriate.
The idea of "multiculturalism" is simply that we should celebrate and tolerate all cultures as equally valid or as having some "truth" to them (whatever "truth" is nowadays in our postmodern society).
Let me say something. Even if we take religion out of the picture (all would agree that religion is part of culture), it is impossible to be multicultural. I'll give you an example.
In my most recent class, which tried to push the idea of "tolerance" and "diversity," we discussed how the Japanese culture has a low view of women. In fact, it is common for them to think of women as stupid and lesser.
An example was given of a conference that took place, where a Japanese woman was seated, and a man came in. The woman (yes, the woman) had to get up and give him her seat!
In my class I immediately said, "I don't like that at all!". Thankfully, the class agreed.
But how, then, can we truly be "multicultural"?
A handout was given that suggested ways we could make our classroom "multicultural." We are supposed to have pictures of women doing construction work (oops--I mean women acting like men), Mexican workers wearing American outfits, Indians wearing CEO outfits, etc. (Sounds more like Americanization rather than multiculturalism.)
One thing they forgot to tell us to put on our walls to be "multicultural" were pictures of Japanese men calling their wives stupid, or of Muslims beating their wives in honor of the Qu'ran.
Let's be consistent, then, if we're going to celebrate "tolerance" and "diversity" and "multiculturalism."