The joys of assimilation

Renew Americaby Tim Dunkin

Diversity is a prescription for social chaos.

In today's leftist-indoctrinated world, the words above are about as close as it is possible to come to committing foul, burning-at-the-stake-worthy heresy. The diversity bug has infected pretty much every area of modern American life — business, government, popular entertainment, the way banks loan money — it all operates on the implicit assumption that "diversity" is good, while monoculturalism (by which is meant "traditional American middle class culture") is bad. Diversity is our strength, or so many a motivation poster hanging on the walls in corporations all across our land would have us to believe. It's good to have "vibrant" neighborhoods full of wonderfully non-assimilated guests who've transformed their adopted geography into a little slice of the old country. The suburbs, which are largely full of white, middle class people doing white, middle class things, are booooring. Diversity is the spice of life, and is the strength of America, or so it is believed.

But is this really true?

Actually, it's not. Far from encouraging a vibrant, rainbow-colored aura of tolerance, cultural diversity actually seems to increase distrust between groups. As far back as 2001, the Los Angeles Times was forced to acknowledge that with increasing cultural diversity comes decreasing trust in your neighbors and a decreased civic engagement, the willingness to work together for the benefit of the community. This article parallels Steve Sailer's own experience with his hyperdiverse neighborhood in Chicago — one where nobody was really willing to do anything for or with individuals from other groups. The conclusion that cultural diversity is a trust killer has been reinforced more recently by a 2007 study conducted by Harvard sociologist Robert Putnam, as discussed in this article appearing in The New Republic. Putnam observes,

"New evidence from the US suggests that in ethnically diverse neighborhoods residents of all races tend to 'hunker down.' Trust (even of one's own race) is lower, altruism and community cooperation rarer, friends fewer...Inhabitants of diverse communities tend to withdraw from collective life, to distrust their neighbors, regardless of the color of their skin, to withdraw even from close friends, to expect the worst from their community and its leaders, to volunteer less, give less to charity and work on community projects less often, to register to vote less, to agitate for social reform more, but have less faith that they can actually make a difference, and to huddle unhappily in front of the television. Note that this pattern encompasses attitudes and behavior, bridging and bonding social capital, public and private connections. Diversity, at least in the short run, seems to bring out the turtle in all of us."