Miami Resident Jeb Bush: "We Should Not Have a Multicultural Society"

Miami Resident Jeb Bush: "We Should Not Have a Multicultural Society"
Photo by the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia / Flickr Creative Commons

In Iowa yesterday, Jeb Bush warned against America's supposed slow creep toward multiculturalism. "We should not have a multicultural society," Bush said pretty bluntly while meeting with voters in Cedar Falls. 

Jeb Bush has lived most of his adult life in Miami, a multicultural city if there ever was one and home to more immigrants than any other city in the world. 

Jeb Bush is married to a Mexican woman he met in Mexico and has three children he has previously described as "bicultural." 

Jeb Bush is fluent in Spanish and once tried to register himself as a Hispanic voter.

Jeb Bush has a guacamole bowl for sale on his website. 

Just the day before, Jeb Bush was in Houston speaking to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and praised Immigrants' influence in our country. 

What the hell is Jeb Bush even talking about? 

Perhaps because Donald Trump has found so much success by routinely not making any goddamned sense, Bush has decided to try out the tactic himself. 

Of course, context is key here, and here's the full clip of Bush's thoughts on "multiculturalism."

"America is so much better than every other country because of the values that people share — it defines our national identity. Not race or ethnicity, not where you come from," he elaborated. "When you create pockets of isolation — and in some cases the assimilation process is retarded because it's slowed down — it's wrong. It limits people's aspirations."

Bush also said that everyone should speak English, and that "we're creeping toward multiculturalism, and that's the wrong approach." 

Bush said that those living in "isolated" communities are not taking full advantage of the opportunities America has to offer. 

But does Jeb Bush even know what multiculturalism even means? 

Here's the definition from the International Federation of Library Associations:

"Multiculturalism" is the co-existence of diverse cultures, where culture includes racial, religious, or cultural groups and is manifested in customary behaviours, cultural assumptions and values, patterns of thinking, and communicative styles. 

A man who regularly speaks Spanish, sells guac bowls, and sips Cuban coffee with late-night hosts is by definition exhibiting multicultural behavior. 

I believe what Jeb Bush is trying to say is that we should not have a "segregated" society, but then maybe that wouldn't play too well with Republican voters in Iowa. Who knows?


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