Multiculturalism and Racism: An Almost-Perfect World

Essay by HolyMolyJunior High, 9th grade February 2007

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Multiculturalism is the preservation of different cultures or cultural identities within a unified society, as a state or nation. The policy of multiculturalism was introduced by the Whitlam labour government in the year 1972. Well, we all have different opinions concerning multiculturalism. Some think it could ruin a nation, while others might think it could glorify it. The truth is: multiculturalism has no benefit. It just improves the image of countries in the face of others. What difference could an Asian make from an African?

Multiculturalism, as we know it today, is mainly in countries discovered recently. For example, one of the most if not the most multicultural nation in the world is Australia. People from all over the world migrated to Australia when it was first discovered and multiculturalism laws are what kept them here. There was no discrimination whatsoever. Maybe, it's because the Aboriginals are the original owners of the land and there aren't many left, but still, there was little discrimination.

Brown, Black and White are colours that make up our diverse multicultural society. For many years in the past, racism has caused gangs, murders, racist remarks and insults. Countries like Australia are the nations that pride themselves on the rareness of racism.

The two main multiculturalism policies that Australia thrives on are Economic Efficiency and Cultural Identity. Working Efficiency is the need to develop and maintain the skills of Australians, regardless of background. Cultural identity is the right to talk about heritage or background without getting criticised for it.

In today's world, there is racism in certain countries and usually for a reason. The reason might be for very minor things like land ownership or theft. Other major issues that might cause racism are political power or wars. Ultimately, the issues are solved and the offended...