Diversity and multiculturalism, it is claimed, are progressive ideas emanating from
the left. Any critique, therefore, is deemed reactionary and racist. Yet is this true?
In order to find an answer to these questions, the author has studied the influence
of multiculturalism on universities. The case study is Sweden – the epicentre of
multiculturalism. The gist of the book is not, however, the role of diversity policies
at a European university, but its impact on Western society.
Anti-racism is the flagship of diversity. This book argues that this claim is unwarranted.
In fact, multiculturalism contains numerous intolerant qualities bordering
on racism; such as the exotification of the ethnic group, and the thin veil between
ethnicity and nationalism. Multiculturalism replaces racism towards other cultures
with a fascination and an obsession with the other. Whether minorities are subject
to abuse or idealization, they are put on pedestals and excluded from normal cultural
and political life.
Multiculturalism is a conservative idea seen as progressive. It is about background,
ethnicity, belonging, spokespersons and roots. Those who talk about roots talk
about an idyll of the past, a historical El Dorado in contrast to impartial institutions,
technological achievements, gender equality, and modern society. A reactionary
ideology does not become more radical just because “progressive” journalists,
politicians, and academics are cherishing it. The developed world has dragged a
Trojan horse into its midst.