As a nation, we should embrace a multicultural concept to counterbalance the propaganda and rhetoric of demagogues. The objective is to resist those who seek to move us backward in a perverse nostalgic advocacy of race and gender subordination. It would be to our benefit to promote a message that encourages unity and multi generational cooperation. A multicultural message exposes how demagoguery diverges from principles of justice and egalitarianism.
The biggest challenge to society embracing a multicultural concept is the presence of a transgenerational doctrine of ego-based group pride. This insidious form of group pride is often based on race, religion, ethnicity, social status, or economic class. These four categories are frequently used to exclude people from social or economic opportunities. People who feel like they are being excluded often develop resentments.
The most vulnerable people to this perverted sense of group pride are social outcasts. This includes people who believe they have been excluded from social participation or economic opportunities. Feelings of exclusion and inadequacy make them vulnerable and they are often exploited by groups who promote the fallacy superiority by group identification. This thought can be appealing to a person who has been subjected to routine persecution, ostracizing, or economic deprivation.
Demagogues target people with emotional scars and a need for acceptance. These vulnerabilities are often exploited by ultra nationalists, religious zealots, racial supremacists, and other radical idealists. The more disconnected a social outcast is from society, the more susceptible they are to radical ideas and the less likely they are to embrace multicultural concepts.
Although demagogic tactics may placate the egos of targeted people, those who accept supremacist doctrines are hindered from exercising their full potential. The rhetoric of demagogues rejects multicultural concepts. Instead, it urges people to exaggerate perceived slights or past injustices against their group. The rhetoric of demagogues often promotes ideas that racial, religious, or ethnic identity entitles members to socioeconomic superiority. This rhetoric promulgates concepts that are antithetical to the principles of meritocracy. Instead of focusing on maximizing efforts, people encumbered by attitudes of entitlement are preoccupied with resenting the progress of others. This fosters unhealthy competition.
Suppressive competition is when people seek to validate their self-worth by denigrating others. This causes them to develop an anti-aspirational mentality that induces pervasive cultures of low ambition, stagnant productivity, and diminished capacity for innovation. When this mentality spreads through a system, whether it influences educational, economic, social, or political activity, it hinders progress. It is difficult for a society to progress when cultural divisions and suppressive competition lead people to embrace the concept that people outside of their group are morally, intellectually, or socially inferior. These attitudes preclude intercultural cooperation.
At this time, as a nation, we are facing an insidious internal threat. Racial and religious antagonisms, along with xenophobic sentiments, threaten to divide and weaken us. A sentiment is permeating society that is fomenting intercultural mistrust, resentment, hostility, and in some instances violence. This is exacerbated by demagogues who demonize and scapegoat groups of people that they perceive as outsiders. Through social media and other vehicles, they spread an ideology that manipulates the frustrations and resentments of people who believe that outsiders are causing them to be left out of the evolving economy.
Recently attitudes of frustration and resentment have been directed at immigrants from Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. The demonizing of these immigrants is a reactionary antithesis that disregards American values. The American dream is to work hard, contribute to America’s advancement, and be rewarded with a better quality of life. Racism, xenophobia, and the rejection of multicultural concepts causes a divided America where scapegoating, persecution, and demonizing of immigrants becomes increasingly problematic. To prevent the proliferation of these xenophobic attitudes, we must promulgate a message that effectively counters the socially malignant rhetoric of demagogues. We must remember, this nation was made great by the contributions of immigrants. There is no making America great without the continued contributions of immigrants.
The continued advancement of the United States depends on us embracing multicultural concepts and sustaining our identity as a nation of immigrants. This includes attracting a multicultural eclectic of immigrant talent. Throughout America’s history, people of various races, nationalities, and ethnicities have made immeasurable contributions in all aspects of the social and economic development of this nation. Keeping that in mind, it is important that the United States continues to be a place where immigrants feel welcome. When people feel welcome, and feel like they have opportunities to share in the prosperity of a nation, they will have more of an incentive to contribute to the nation’s advancement.