Cultural enrichment is a term used to describe the experience of one culture experiencing another, usually through the phenomenon of mass immigration. When indigenous European peoples see their country become cluttered with masses of people who do not speak their nation’s language, witness the propping up of mosques, and find a sizeable amount of their country’s residents having little to no understanding of their country’s traditions, religion, culture, or heritage, this is described as an instance of “cultural enrichment.” In theory, when two cultures are forced to coexist, the predominant culture undergoes a trail of cultural enrichment, whereby their country’s identity is thrown into major upheavals, and the minority culture experiences ongoing oppression and invalidation by the majority until both cultures reach a level of absolute, static, and unadulterated equity.
Cultural enrichment, therefore, is a merely euphemistic term used to refer to the decline of nationalism caused by an influx of foreign minorities who express no desire to assimilate to their country of immigration. To the native European, it must certainly seem that scenarios of national infiltration and non-assimilation are nothing more than cultural degradation, humiliation, and ultimately than the death of his nation’s legacy. But fairly, to the immigrant who refuses to assimilate, national infiltration must seem like cultural “enrichment,” because in the mind of the immigrant, he is bringing to a foreign land his valuable experiences and culture, thus “enriching” his country of immigration. To those who are not on the receiving end, cultural enrichment is a theory that supposes that a community can typically benefit from prolonged exposure to ideas and practices different or even in direct opposition to their own.
When one thinks of cultural enrichment, one might immediately think of the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe, where such exposure is prevalent in countries like Germany, the United Kingdom, and France (among many others). The increasing crime rate and refusal of immigrants to assimilate is defended by many liberals as a necessary step for “cultural enrichment,” an event that necessarily accompanies multiculturalism and globalism.
The outspokenly Jewish multiculturalist activist in Europe named Barbara L. Spectre has vocalized the common position of secular leftists on the subject of the necessity of Europe undergoing a period of cultural enrichment:
“Europe is not going to be the monolithic societies they once were in the last century. Jews are going to be at the centre of that. It’s a huge transformation for Europe to make. They are now going into a multicultural mode,” (read more here).
So, according to multiculturalism, Europe (and, for some arbitrary reason, only Europe) does not have the right to exist as a monolithic society. The right for European peoples to exist as a people is implicitly revoked in calls for radical inclusion of foreigners and cultural enrichment. That is, cultural enrichment implies the retraction of self-determination in the name of progressive social ethics.
However, we have witnessed this before. Multiculturalism has been forced down the throats of nations, and foreigners have barged through locked gates to culturally enrich their land of immigration. The harbingers of cultural enrichment and refusal to assimilate to one’s country of immigration does not begin with Africans and Middle Easterners – in fact, both populaces appear to be generally unsuccessful in prospering from such immigration.
Europe is the lead contestant when it comes to cultural enrichment. European colonialism led to the mass immigration of European peoples to foreign countries, notably the Americas and Africa. This colonialization of foreign countries, an act that is currently being carried out by non-European migrants to Europe, was wholly successful and led to a legitimately enriched culture.
The Cultural Enrichment of North America. Various animal species that were non-native to the Americas were brought to North America in the 1500s by the early Spanish Explorer Hernando Desoto, notably pigs. Iron was imported to the Americas and revitalized the entire agricultural industry in early colonial America, resulting in greatly heightened production and population. Cheap paper and a more convenient alphabet was introduced to the native Americans. These factors, among many others, led to the Columbian Exchange resulting in one of the most objectively successful instances of cultural enrichment.
The Cultural Enrichment of Africa. Before Europeans arrived on African shores, Africa was composed of solely tribal-style governments that led to many endless, countless wars between African groups. This tribal mentality maintains to this day and results in the death of many Africans every year; however, when the Berlin Conference in the late 19th century led to the regulation of European colonization and trade in Africa, numerous cultural enrichers became quickly apparent. Administrative, educational, and infrastructural developments were induced by the Scramble for Africa, because whereas native Africans had culturally been ignorant of Western civility, the immigration of Europeans to indigenous African lands resulted in the cultural enrichment of Africa by providing proper civilization.
As Europe increased its colonization of Africa, African business leaders and professionals were able to travel to European countries and benefit from the superior educational systems and economic systems. Unfortunately, such successful African figures did not return to their homeland in Africa to aid their increasingly codependent brothers and sisters, but instead chose to strive for self-development in Europe and North America. It is irrefutable that Europe provided more success for Africa than Africa had ever provided for itself. And such is a case of legitimate cultural enrichment.
Today, however, it is dishonest to apply this same definition of cultural enrichment to the Congolese immigrants who choose to riot in the streets of Paris. The success that Europe provided for Africa is dissimilar to the Pakistani immigrants in England who choose to inbreed with cousins and daughters. The African refugees who burn down their own refugee camps in Greece due to their own impatience is certainly not an instance of “cultural enrichment.”
The reality is that only Western civilizations have been capable of providing cultural enrichment to any country. The superiority of Europe’s administrative, medical, governmental, and economic systems are incomparable with anything that those in third-world countries have to offer. Europe does not need foreign national, but, historically speaking, foreign nationals have needed Europe. There is no amount of immigration that could ever lead to a culturally enriched Europe, because there is nothing valuable that non-European immigrants have to offer.
True cultural enrichment occurred during European colonization, and had it never ceased, one must wonder what sort of advances could have been made today.