MULTICULTURAL MONSTER PART TWO
The root of all evil
Kenneth Schultz is a researcher, political and social commentator and author of Western Civilization Under Siege, an important new book exposing the existential threats to Western civilization.
In Australia, following the initial moves of the Whitlam Labor government in 1973, further official national multicultural policies were implemented by Malcolm Fraser’s conservative Liberal government in 1978. The Labor government of Bob Hawke continued with these policies during the 1980s and early 1990s, and the policies were further supported by Paul Keating up until his electoral defeat in 1996. Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) policies continue to be implemented at all levels of government and public service, such as medical support systems which cater specifically to non-English-speaking residents.
Noticeboard in a Manchester UK hospital
The meaning of multiculturalism has changed significantly since its formal introduction to Australia. Originally, the mainstream population understood it as a need for acceptance of the fact that many members of the Australian community originally came from different cultures and still had ties to these cultures. However, it has since come to mean the rights of migrants within mainstream Australia to express their cultural identity.
The concept of multiculturalism was bolstered by a multitude of grants from governments, with an eye to capturing the ethnic vote, to a whole range of bodies to promote their separate identities and to lobby for more grants and influence. Ethnic councils have become a taxpayer-funded industry.
The Ford Foundation funded and promoted the establishment of multiculturalism in the United States
The multicultural idea first entered American politics through the universities, when a succession of Ford Foundation grants in the late 1960s and 1970s helped establish the politicized fields of Black Studies and Women’s Studies, with others to follow. These pseudo-disciplines celebrated ethnic, racial and gender separatism, fostering group identities over a core American identity. Their common theme was the race-gender-class oppression of designated groups by American capitalism.
The very first Black Studies program, created in 1967 at San Francisco State College as a concession to a student strike organized by radicals that shut down the school, set the pattern for other multicultural curricula that followed. The program dispensed with traditional academic subjects like science and math in favor of so-called “black science” and “black math” that emphasized racial consciousness and racial agendas. A second Black Studies program was created at Cornell University in 1969 when the school bowed to shotgun-wielding black student radicals who occupied the administration building and demanded the formation of a black studies department and the right to appoint their own professors. The demands were mostly granted.
Following this template, women’s studies programs were created following the principle that gender differences were not biologically based but “socially constructed” as part of a system of race, gender and class hierarchies designed to oppress racial minorities, women and transgender individuals, and low-to-moderate-income workers. At their core, each division of this new multicultural curriculum constituted an assault on the idea of a common national identity, and of America as a society based on the principles of equality and individual rights.
Franklin Thomas, who served as president of the Ford Foundation from 1979 to 1996, was instrumental in promoting multiculturalist agendas through strategic grant-making. In a September 12, 1990 media release, Thomas explained the Foundation’s intention to “broaden cultural and intellectual diversity in American higher education.”
Thomas added: “Most of us have little understanding of the diverse culture, attitudes, and experiences that make up our own societies. Unfortunately, this ignorance about other cultures breeds insensitivity and intolerance in young and old alike.” He sealed his theory with a strong bottom line: “To reach the roots of intolerance and improve campus life, we must make the teaching of non-Western cultures a basic element of undergraduate education.”
Learn about my culture so you can stop being so intolerant.
Toward that end, the Ford Foundation in 1990 “invited” 200 colleges to compete for grants of $100,000. There was a major stipulation, however. Any group or institution that received any money from the Foundation would be obliged to adhere to its affirmative action guidelines. To comply with those guidelines, Ford required every grant application to include a “diversity table” detailing the number of non-whites and women who were employed or served by the organization or school seeking assistance. Notably, the Foundation did not consider Asian Americans to be a minority group eligible for hiring preferences.
Wanted, Officer in charge of promoting racial tolerance. Slitty eyed gooks need not apply.
It had occurred to the Left that well-endowed foundations, with their enormous financial clout and appearance of being above politics, were the institutions best positioned to change the campus climate. Stripped of all the elegant rationales and academic persiflage, it was essentially a matter of using lucrative grants to bribe administrators into making the desired changes.