Women, Immigration, And Multiculturalism`s Big Lie

[See also Brenda
Walker`s post-9/11

for reforming immigration.]

These days should be open season on multiculturalism,
now that the extensive burqa coverage included in
Afghanistan war news has reminded Americans of the
brutal treatment of women in many parts of the world.
Nothing illustrates the total fraud of multiculturalism
more than women`s

devalued status
in many "traditional" cultures. The
multiculturalist assumption that all cultures are equal
is clearly refuted by news from
Kabul and beyond. We have seen women`s basic
humanity denied and by the suspension of education for
girls. Seen on the gritty stage of Afghanistan,
multiculturalism seem so much
academic blather.

In fact, the Taliban are merely the poster boys du
jour for cruelty. Much of the world outside of Europe
and America remains a

wretched place
for persons who are female. For
example, Sixty Minutes has reported that

is missing 22 million women and girls because
of sex-selective abortion, infanticide and the murder of
women by their husbands for having insufficient dowries.
Nobel Prize-winning economist

Amartya Sen
has estimated the

to be far higher. The Chinese prefer male
children and have performed so many sex-selection
abortions that 20 million young men will never marry
because there are no young women to be their wives.
Thousands of baby girls are simply

thrown away
every year. But does the shortage raise
the value of women? No indeed, entrepreneurial Chinese
have responded by

possible brides by the tens of thousands.

And despite copious propaganda from Islamic
organizations, Muslim societies are among the most

barbaric places
on earth in terms of

human rights.
A widespread scourge is

"honor killing,"
a practice where women are murdered
for the smallest affronts to

rigid social codes.
An unproved charge of sexual
infidelity or even a husband`s paranoid dream may result
in a woman being burned or hacked to death. Her murderer
receives the approval of family and community for his
action. According to Amnesty International, hundreds of
such murders occur every year in

note: Due to massive South Asian immigration, such
murders are also common in Britain, according to

Theodore Dalrymple
. See

“Reader, She Married Him”
in City Journal.]
Women are also murdered with impunity for

refusing arranged marriages.
In Saudi Arabia, women
are not allowed to drive cars, eat in public places or
work in an occupation where they might have contact with

Nevertheless, Washington policymakers still have in
place the program of "Diversity Visas," which offers a
lottery to people of cultures thought underrepresented
in the United States. In 2001,

the program
welcomed 50,000 persons from countries
including Somalia and Bangladesh. These nations are home
to cultural practices like

slavery, female
genital mutilation
and purdah (lifelong house arrest
for women).

America will indeed be made more diverse by this


the question is whether we want diversity of this sort.

Oh but immigrants wouldn`t be so

as to bring such

objectionable practices
with them to America,
immigration enthusiasts might protest. On the contrary,
multicultural ideology encourages them to do exactly

The case of Lakireddy Bali Reddy Berkeley,
California, is instructive. Mr. Reddy was a millionaire
landlord in the university city and was considered quite
the success story in his home town of Velvadam, India.
He was able to

purchase a couple of teenage girls
there for a

scenario that combined sex and

on the Reddy real estate holdings. However,
the arrangement fell apart when one of the girls died as
a result of a faulty heater.

At trial, Reddy`s lawyer used the

"cultural defense"
in immigrant crimes—saying that slavery and sexual
bondage were social norms in India. In an unusual
disavowal of the cultural defense, the jury found Reddy
guilty. He was sentenced to eight years.

Women should be (ahem) manning the barricades against
the current crop of immigrants, who come from the most
misogynist locales of the Third World. But political
correctness apparently has official feminists in its
thrall. When groups like the Feminist Majority
Organization do think about immigration, it is to

immigrant women. Instead, women`s
organizations should question the wisdom of importing
millions of newcomers from women-hating cultures.
American women`s political rights, safety and social
status cannot be helped by such a misogynous influx.

In one common example,

harassment of women
is a well known accompaniment to
immigrant street hiring hang-outs. In the Central Park
attacks on women that occurred on
Puerto Rican Day 2000,

many of those arrested
were immigrants or their
sons. In

last year, there was an alarming crime
wave which consisted of

gang rapes
by men "of Middle Eastern extraction"
against Caucasian girls, aged 13-18.

The false ideology of

has intimidated many Americans into
believing it is

to welcome millions of immigrants from
cultures which consider women inferior. For a nation
that hopefully still values fairness and egalitarian
ideals, mindlessly celebrating brutal social norms is
truly objectionable. Unexamined slogans like "diversity
is our strength" do not stand up to even the most
cursory scrutiny—multiculturalism should be a candidate
for the nation`s most egregious mass delusion.

The burden of proof should be on the
multiculturalists to show how their position does not
excuse brutality toward millions of women as well as

cultures of cruelty
into America.

Brenda Walker is a
freelance writer and web honcho of

Limits to Growth
, an
iconoclastic immigration website.

January 15, 2002