LETTER: Cultural walls must come down

One reader argues that as long as we are more comfortable with our own “kind,” we will never go beyond.

A photo from Surrey's recent Interfaith Pilgrimage.

A photo from Surrey's recent Interfaith Pilgrimage.

The Editor,

Re: “Choosing friendship over fear,” the Now, Nov. 26.

To suggest that the “us and them” or even “us versus them” mentally can change under the banner of multiculturalism is to change the very nature of what multiculturalism represents.

Whenever cultures are celebrated as separate entities and as ends to themselves, society will never get to the place were we are fully integrated under common values.

Multiculturalism aims to make individuals more comfortable within their own racial and cultural classes rather  than the broader community context.

This leads to racial silos, segregation and wall building.

As long as we are more comfortable with our own “kind,” we will never go beyond.

Don Sukkau, Delta

Surrey Now

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