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The Political Difficulty of Ending Multiculturalism

How can we argue for a return to traditional liberal-arts curricula and the repudiation of multiculturalism in higher education when our president so openly embraces the idea of group identity? Republicans may as well be Democrats on this score.
President Bush holds Cinco de Mayo dinners at the White House, in addition to his yearly celebrations of Ramadan. It seems that under Bush the Republican Party has gone far into multiculturalism. I guess he wasn’t kidding during his campaign in 2000 when he rejoiced that parts of America were looking and sounding like Latin America, and that in nominating him the Republican party had ended any debate and had chosen to “welcome” this transformation of our country. In fact they may be worse than Democrats, because they feel they have to go farther to flatter minority groups.


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