13 June 2007

Diversity engenders distrust, study says

One of the best things about being a cop is that you get the blinders ripped off, whether you want to or not. You roll through the same neighborhoods for years, meeting and talking to people that live there and you learn. You learn things about people that the media wouldn't dare print for fear of "offending" certain groups.

You also learn that in "ethnically diverse" neighborhoods, many of the long-time residents have no idea who their neighbors are. I mean people who live right next to each other for 30+ years have never even talked! I can't imagine living like that.

I've been living in my current neighborhood for almost 3 years now and I know 80% of the people who live on my block.

Thank God my area is (not yet) "ethnically diverse" because its current ethnic makeup ensures it will remain a low crime area. (wink-wink!)

Michelle Malkin links up a piece in which Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam has said what many people have long suspected but not dared say in public: that high degrees of ethnic and racial diversity destroy the conditions of social solidarity in affected communities.

From the Finacial Times :

This is a contentious finding in the current climate of concern about the benefits of immigration. Professor Putnam told the Financial Times he had delayed publishing his research until he could develop proposals to compensate for the negative effects of diversity, saying it “would have been irresponsible to publish without that”.
The core message of the research was that, “in the presence of diversity, we hunker down”, he said. “We act like turtles. The effect of diversity is worse than had been imagined. And it’s not just that wedon’t trust people who are not like us. In diverse communities, we don’t trust people who do look like us.”
Prof Putnam found trust was lowest in Los Angeles, “the most diverse human habitation in human history”, but his findings also held for rural South Dakota, where “diversity means inviting Swedes to a Norwegians’ picnic”.
When the data were adjusted for class, income and other factors, they showed that the more people of different races lived in the same community, the greater the loss of trust. “They don’t trust the local mayor, they don’t trust the local paper, they don’t trust other people and they don’t trust institutions,” said Prof Putnam. “The only thing there’s more of is protest marches and TV watching.”

As a case in point I was talking to a man and woman who were having things regularly damaged and stolen from their front yard. They'd lived there for about 10 years. The woman was puerto rican and the man was a legal immigrant from Cuba. I'll never forget what he told me,"I can't stand living around Hispanics. Nobody wants to help you, no one wants to even get to know you. All you get is trouble."

As the bumper sticker goes, it should've read from the beginning - Diversity is our Weakness

So as we get more and more "diverse" the cynicism and distrust that is already a pandemic in our society will worsen and our culture and national sovereignty will continue to erode and, eventually, dissolve.

Hm. Nice. Keep letting them in.

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