Watching Fox “News” host Glen Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally on the National Mall in Washington D.C. one predominant thought that ran through my mind was about diversity and multiculturalism.
Most people around the world believe that diversity and multiculturalism are fine as long as they do not threaten to overwhelm the historically dominant cultural/religious/economic/political order. The dominant order everywhere will tolerate diversity and multiculturalism as long as those who constitute them remain subconsciously and even consciously subservient to that dominant order. Of course, there will be many tokenistic and salutary gestures in support of their superficial recognition of diversity and multiculturalism.
Think of diversity and multiculturalism as a fantastic idea which should remain largely a fantastic idea. That’s not my belief but the obvious fact of life.
I have a great deal to say on this but I am running late for an early morning appointment to discuss Hindu-Muslim relations in Ahmedabad with a local historian. So some other time.