sectarian / sectarianism.
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a sect.
2. Adhering or confined to the dogmatic limits of a sect or denomination; partisan.
1. A member of a sect.
2. One characterized by bigoted adherence to a factional viewpoint.
When thinking of racism, sectarianism and multiculturalism, it was hard for me to get my mind to think of Italians as being the victims of prejudice, but the more I thought about it and the more I researched their history in Quebec the more I began to see what was always right in front of my eyes all of the time. It was in my neighborhood this stereo typical idea of what and who all Italians were and for that matter what all of the different peoples were. I remember all of the name calling now, the racial slurs and the whispers about the mafia and how everyone thought that all Italians were in it. I remember all of those people talking about how slow all Black people worked and how lazy they all were and that being the reason Blacks could not find work and how racism had no part in their plight at all. I remember the jokes about the French being as backwards as their language when translated to English and so much more. My neighborhood had a little bit of every race, religion and culture in it and we all had gangs, fought each other coming and going to school. For the most part races kept to themselves and mixing was to be avoided especially between the sexes and many a young man and women were beaten or shunned by both communities for breaking the rules. Go to school with, play with, but when it comes to marriage keep it pure marry one of your own was the rule. If in a position to hire, hire one of your own first. If you are going to be charitable give to your own. Multiculturalism was never a choice it has always been a necessity sectarianism has always been and is still to this very day a death sentence not only in Canada but for the whole world. It is not something that can be dealt with later, I believe we must embrace multiculturalism and make it our top priority if we are to survive.
Unfortunately as far as I can tell this country has a government in power that says it fights for the rights of all people, has also stated that as a country and as a people that we need to rethink multiculturalism and perhaps ratified our thought on the subject, or jus do away with it altogether. If we undo the good that we have done when we put into law the ideals and principles of multiculturalism I fear for the welfare of this country and its ability to maintain its boast of equality for all in all things under the law. The laws were put in place not as a courtesy, or to make immigrants feel more at home; these laws were put in place because as a people we were incapable of putting our fear and intolerance to differences in race, culture, religion and language aside. We have a history of treating every immigrant group distinctively different from us as though they were beneath us, a tool to be used and when we needed them no more thrown out of the country as useless entities, with no value and therefore to be considered vermin and a drain on real Canadians. Does any of this sound familiar to you. It should because this is the direction that this government and the governments of Europe are taking its people.
- The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has courted growing anti-immigrant opinion in Germany by claiming the country’s attempts to create a multicultural society have “utterly failed”.
- Tony Blair formally declared Britain’s multicultural experiment over yesterday as he told immigrants they had ”a duty” to integrate with the mainstream of society.
- Nicolas Sarkozy, dismissed Quebec’s aspirations toward independence, associating them to “sectarianism” and to a “hatred of the other.” (democracy)
This position of Europe’s governing bodies has Europe at the brink of civil war and Stephen Harper and Jason Kenney and company continue down the path of Europe’s mean-spirited road and to its fate. The gloves are off and all over Europe, North America and Australia, people who wish to immigrate are being told they are not wanted, are not what the host countries are looking for and certain targeted races and peoples practicing certain religions have begun to be rounded up by the thousands and deported after a short fixed hearing behind close doors with zero transparency. Wrong name, wrong religion, wrong place of birth, demand your rights under the law of the land that deals with equality and you are a Candidate for quick deportation, Now is this not democracy at its best or what?
I must say that Europeans are such practical people and have long memories. They know what they did to other countries and the original people inhabiting the lands and they are not going to allow for the same thing to happen to them that they inflicted on others. Too bad for the Indians that they did not learn until it was too late that the European settlers did not believe in multiculturalism, or perhaps they would have stopped the migration and immigration of these people to their lands and so still be in control of their lands, in procession of their cultures and still worshipping their Gods.
Perhaps it is time for our very existence to come to an end as some have predicted is close at hand. When we as species are too slow, too dull-witted and so unable to adapt that we find it impossible to grasp the simple concept of equality and justice for all in all things, how long will it be until we wipe ourselves off the face of the earth through violent acts designed and committed to prove our superiority and dominance anyway. How far off could it be that we trigger the catastrophic event that will see to our own extinction as we have caused for so many other species on this planet and even that of whole tribes of human beings? When killing the greatest amount of people at once, or causing the most structural damage with one bomb or missile becomes the criteria that determines how wise we are, brave we are and more superior we are, how long will it be before the race to be the wisest, the bravest and the most superior cause us to self destruct?
When we say that multiculturalism does not work, we are saying that we as species are incapable of living together in peace and harmony and that our religious, social, cultural and ethnic differences represent too big a challenge for us to coexist in the same cities, the same country and soon maybe the same planet. When we get to this point and we are very close to the end of existence as we know it for there is no going back to the separate countries for certain groupings of people; total isolation as was once a reality of the past is no longer an option. Multiculturalism is not a choice anymore and has not been since Europe sailed its ships across the seas and immigrated to the new and ancient worlds. What was started can not be turned back and if we are to live we must embrace multiculturalism and move forward or die at our own hand.
- Values and Multiculturalism (losthighwaytimes.com)
- Multicultural societies. (brendasglobalreports.wordpress.com)
- Canada Was Founded On A Racist Premise And Not Much Has Changed (archemdis.com)
- Is Multiculturalism a Good Thing? (thegreatantagonizer.wordpress.com)