The Hicks File: Multiculturalism Reaches Its Dead End

Okay boys and girls, time for the third example on the corrosive nature of “diversity”: the ethnic studies classes and departments that exist at nearly every American college and university.

In reality, these classes are nothing more than centers of leftist activism and indoctrination.

But for all the points, here’s my essay question: do race and ethnic-specific studies help create healthy self-esteems and pride in minority students, or do these programs instill a belief in students that group identity is more substantial and powerful than either our individuality or our common humanity?

While you ponder that, let’s make a final stop back in Arizona.

After passing the recent immigration law, Arizona has taken another bold step. Governor Brewer signed a bill aimed at banning courses that encourage “ethnic chauvinism.” Specifically, the bill prevents schools from offering classes that "are designed for students of a particular ethnic group, promote resentment or advocate ethnic solidarity over treating students as individuals.”

Damn … Arizona’s on a roll!

What happens when people of different ethnic origins, speaking different languages and believing in different religions, settle in the same place under the same political sovereignty? Well, unless a common purpose binds them together, tribal antagonisms will drive them apart.

And what exactly is it that keeps a nation together?  Conservatives like me argue that it is shared history, values, and language --  the things multiculturalists resent and oppose.

No matter, I think we’ve turned an important corner.

Americans were outraged when they recently saw thousands of leftists, anarchists, and supporters of illegal immigrants marching to demand unconditional citizenship for those who’ve broken the law in Arizona and other places.

And all across the country, folks carefully watched events unfold in California, where five high school students were sent home on Cinco de Mayo for wearing “incendiary” red, white, and blue T-shirts.

Americans may be confused about a lot of things -- but they’re clear on one thing. Damn it, if you make the journey to America there’s one thing you’d better be prepared to accept ... the notion of E pluribus unum: out of many, one.

If not, don’t let the door hit ‘cha on the way out.