U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Politics and Other Controversies
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 1.5 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
Jump to a detailed profile or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Business Search - 14 Million verified businesses
Search for:  near: 
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 02-12-2011, 08:10 PM
 
31,385 posts, read 18,583,572 times
Reputation: 14472

Advertisements

Has Multiculturalism Failed in America?

It really is a ridiculous question. Has multiculturalism failed America, as if America has some choice to make. The second American failed to wipe out every single native American (thank god) and brought the first African slave to the continent, hired Chinese workers to build its railroads and mine its ore, conquered lands inhabited by persons of Indian and Spanish descent, America became irrevocably multicultural.

The question isn't whether multiculturalism has failed America, but rather, has American failed its many cultures?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 02-12-2011, 08:40 PM
 
350 posts, read 308,938 times
Reputation: 383
This might sound really harsh but I can understand where immigrants are coming from by not wanting to adopt America's culture. They are in the wrong but I can't blame them. I have travelled quite a bit and I would say the bulk of America's culture is mainly consumerism, superficiality, blandness and general fluff...very little substance or meaning to anything at all. I enjoy America for what it is...a nearby destination for a shopping trip. Cultural experience it ain't.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-12-2011, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Blankity-blank!
11,441 posts, read 9,226,480 times
Reputation: 6695
Quote:
Originally Posted by alphamale View Post
How so?
The whole human race is a failure because humans are ignorant and violent.
Humans never fail for reasons to fight each other and go to war. Humans rip each other off all the time. The only thing humans have done to this planet is destroy. The only things humans construct are to glorify themselves. Just look around at the world, humans all over hate other humans. Most people can't think of anything else to do in life except to mutilate themselves, each other, and the common environment.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-12-2011, 10:05 PM
 
2,376 posts, read 2,431,852 times
Reputation: 2322
Quote:
Originally Posted by thewitchisback View Post
This might sound really harsh but I can understand where immigrants are coming from by not wanting to adopt America's culture. They are in the wrong but I can't blame them. I have travelled quite a bit and I would say the bulk of America's culture is mainly consumerism, superficiality, blandness and general fluff...very little substance or meaning to anything at all. I enjoy America for what it is...a nearby destination for a shopping trip. Cultural experience it ain't.
ok, that's cool, but then, DON'T MOVE HERE. if people love their country of origin so much, STAY THERE.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-12-2011, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
154 posts, read 107,549 times
Reputation: 65
Quote:
Originally Posted by alphamale View Post
I feel sorry for you.

You notice no one has taken me up in my challenging question? I'm waiting. Don't dodge the question, beta male.

Again - what are some clearly defined examples of American "culture" ??? Anyone???

Name some examples in daily life that revolve inseperably around American "culture".

True culture - not something vague and misleading like "freedom" or anything glorifying mass murder. Not inventions or inventors. I'm talking bonafide, set in stone un-debatable examples of culture. There are so very few examples it's sad - and the few examples that there are are largely ignored, neglected, tossed aside, etc, today. Culture conveniently gets remembered when people feel threatened, outnumbered, or when there's instability. But beyond that it doesn't make any impact in their lives.


Quote:
Originally Posted by thewitchisback View Post
This might sound really harsh but I can understand where immigrants are coming from by not wanting to adopt America's culture. They are in the wrong but I can't blame them. I have travelled quite a bit and I would say the bulk of America's culture is mainly consumerism, superficiality, blandness and general fluff...very little substance or meaning to anything at all. I enjoy America for what it is...a nearby destination for a shopping trip. Cultural experience it ain't.
You've essentially hit the nail on the head for the most part. Scroll through this thread and find my earlier, lengthy reply. Then look to see how many people have attempted to debate the points i've made. Zero. The truth hurts and ultimately I think everyone deep down inside knows there's something inherently missing in the social fabric of this country when it comes to identity, unity, culture, representation, etc. People may hate to admit it but the United States has little to no culture at all - and the little to no culture it DOES have has largely been erased, abused, neglected, left aside, put away, etc, and replaced by what you've described above - the consumer society.

Last edited by DAAR84; 02-12-2011 at 10:20 PM..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-12-2011, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
13,296 posts, read 6,856,961 times
Reputation: 6517
Ridiculous.

When in history have more people lived together more peacefully than right now?

Don't make the mistake of inflating the importance of yourself or the instant that you happen to live in
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-12-2011, 10:41 PM
 
42 posts, read 8,413 times
Reputation: 15
Why don't minorities that don't want to be American just go back to their homelands instead of starting a new China town or Puerto Rican village in our cities? Maybe there should be more laws restricting that sort of thing. I can only imagine those people don't like "white" people or people who act "white".
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-12-2011, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Southcentral Kansas
44,929 posts, read 13,511,314 times
Reputation: 4269
Quote:
Originally Posted by Winter_Sucks View Post
No. We are a nation of immigrants and have have been since our start.

I teach early elementary. I have a diverse classroom with black, white, and brown skinned children from many different types of backgrounds. Almost of them are into the same music, sports, clothing, and trends.
Almost all of them? What about the others?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-12-2011, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Southcentral Kansas
44,929 posts, read 13,511,314 times
Reputation: 4269
Quote:
Originally Posted by AnUnidentifiedMale View Post
It's a lot more successful in the U.S. than it's been in most of Europe. Most immigrants to the U.S. - even the ones that some people don't like - consider themselves to be Americans, which is different from the way many immigrants feel in Europe.
Are there lots of illegals from Central America living in your area? How about taking some of ours since they are working out so well for you.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-12-2011, 10:53 PM
 
31,385 posts, read 18,583,572 times
Reputation: 14472
Quote:
Originally Posted by DAAR84 View Post
the few examples that there are are largely ignored, neglected, tossed aside, etc, today. Culture conveniently gets remembered when people feel threatened, outnumbered, or when there's instability. But beyond that it doesn't make any impact in their lives.
Culture can not be forgotten or tossed aside, it can go unrecognized, but it is always there because it is the sum of your experiences and learned behaviors (Tylor, 1871).
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $84,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Politics and Other Controversies
Similar Threads

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:44 PM.

© 2005-2014, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 - Top