Claremont Institute Vice President Thomas Krannawitter participated yesterday in a debate on the subject of multiculturalism. The debate took place in Santa Barbara, California, against the Director of the Multicultural Center at the University of California Santa Barbara. Here we offer Krannawitter's stirring peroration:
"Intellectually, multiculturalism is indefensible. It is embarrassingly inconsistent. It is refuted and undermined by its own argument. Politically, multiculturalism is dangerous. Multiculturalism represents nothing less than the political suicide of the West, and in particular the crown jewel of the West, the United States of America. Multiculturalism attempts to undermine the good principles upon which America is built, and it is corrosive of the patriotic spirit that fills the hearts of free men and women. Though it operates much more subtly, multiculturalism is no less a threat to our free institutions than the terrorists who attack our cities with airplanes. It is the test of the American people whether they have the intelligence to identify multiculturalism for the mistake it is, and the resolve to ensure that it does not triumph over this, the last best hope of mankind."
To read the full transcript of Mr. Krannawitter's remarks, please go to the Claremont Institute's homepage, www.claremont.org.