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Show Of Hands April 3rd, 2016 12:49pm

Do you believe a society is stronger and better when it consists of a diverse group of citizens maintaining their uniqueness, or when everyone gradually becomes more and more alike?

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Red4799 Asking the Big Questions
04/16/16 3:33 pm

I like diversity, but sadly I think it's caused too many problems. Without diversity I think war, mass genocide and all the other terrible things in the world could be avoided

ParaguasPato Columbus GA
04/08/16 3:47 am

Who are these republicans calling for communism?! Have they noticed that one of the tenets for communism is that everyone should be exactly the same and holding different views is considered "dangerous", while individuality (diversity) is one of the tenets of democracy?

Dooglr Portland, OR
04/06/16 9:37 pm

I think nature has shown that biodiversity is important to the adaptation and survival of a species. This is why banging your sibling is usually a bad idea. No hate to my Lannisters though. Please don't chop off my head Cersei.

Quackers Lewisville, TX
04/06/16 5:11 am

Mosaic over melting pot

04/05/16 9:50 am

Diversity is suicide

ParaguasPato Columbus GA
04/08/16 3:49 am

In what way? Canada is the most diverse country in the western hemisphere and its economy is doing great, they're known for being decent people, so where does diversity mean suicide?

04/11/16 9:55 pm

Whites+diversity= less whites. Diversity= white suicide.

04/11/16 9:55 pm

Whites+diversity= less whites. Diversity= white suicide.

ParaguasPato Columbus GA
04/12/16 4:35 pm

Whites + diversity = smaller percentage of whites. You don't have to kill yourself to raise diversity. It could just be that more immigrants are non-white than the national average and then the increased diversity is due to growing population, not diminishing.

Unless you're saying that having more non-white people than white people is a bad thing in which case I'd have to call you a moron, and then tell you to go back to nazi germany because you have no place in this millenium. And if thats what you're saying then:
White + racist assholery = you

elianastar FreeSpeech
04/04/16 3:35 pm

Ask Europe how the non-assimilation diversity thing has been working out in reality as opposed to Utopian sentimentality...

United we stand. Divided we fall.

04/04/16 2:26 pm

"When all are thinking alike, no one is thinking very much." This is very true. The world may always be changing, but consistent likeness in society traits only bring disaster through widely spread, firmly acknowledged beliefs and social norms.

Congressman Louisiana
04/04/16 2:03 pm

I favor similarity over diversity. However some diversity is needed in order to provide an alternative view or open a dialogue. But diversity should never be forced. This isn't to say that there should be segregation. But we shouldn't force views or opinions without consideration.

04/04/16 12:49 pm

Similarity is a forced byproduct of tyranny. Free people go in all directions.

CudOfCow Oregon
04/04/16 12:13 pm

Uniformity may make a society stronger but I would like to think that coexisting diversity makes for a healthier society.

kywrite augusta, ga
04/04/16 8:17 am

Just so the diversity is more than skin deep.

wildcatfan1993 kentucky
04/04/16 7:54 am

Id say more a mix of the 2 you need similarity but diversity is good for a society

celloVirtuoso buried in sheet music
04/04/16 6:34 am

I think that a society is strongest when there's a healthy balance between diversity and similarity.

professorwho Madness and Genius
04/04/16 5:02 am

Beware the dangers of conformity my friend.

Traditionalism California
04/04/16 2:52 am

Diversity, and multiculturalism causes nations to die. Culture has to be the same.

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
04/04/16 12:40 am

Pros and cons to each. I think cultural diversity can be very good as long as there's significant similarity in core values and the vision for the society. If the society becomes divided in the latter, that's when trouble ensues.

Dufur30 Oregonian
04/04/16 10:44 am

The unity comes when people accept diversity. But when hate blames diversity, is when there becomes problems.

RealGOP TRUMP 2016
04/03/16 11:37 pm

As a pawn of MSNBC, diversity is my trigger word.

kywrite augusta, ga
04/04/16 8:19 am

The problem is that their definition of diversity is not mine. If it were, at least a couple of their shows would be watchable.

04/03/16 9:29 pm

The voting on this makes me so pissed because democrats will give up freedom for equality. With the laws that they want to put in place, we can't all be equal and diverse. The laws force diversity.

Luftwaffe South of Heaven
04/03/16 9:04 pm

Culturally similar, intellectually diverse. This is were civilizations have done their best historically.

04/03/16 8:15 pm

The mixing bowl eventually turns into the melting bowl.

bryceman101 Catholic
04/03/16 7:14 pm

"Diversity" in the sense of "multiculturalism" brings nothing but conflict and fracturing.

godshandsfeet Snellville, GA
04/03/16 7:08 pm

I think that if we are trying to be like God, things would be great. God made us all different in a lot of ways, that's the beauty of his mosaic of creation, but in truth, love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, patience, and love, we should all try to be the same.

Congressman Louisiana
04/03/16 4:39 pm

Diversity is a toxin

04/03/16 6:54 pm

Diversity is not a toxin!

Congressman Louisiana
04/04/16 2:00 pm

Well you spend so much time being an ultranationalist fascist you hardly have any room in your thick skull to think beyond supporting the PATRIOT Act and wanting to ban guns.

Congressman Louisiana
04/04/16 2:05 pm

Why scarecrow? I don't get it. Because I don't have a brain?

And you've said in the past you do not support certain semi-automatic rifles. You also support federal government spying on citizens.

Reeze The TARDIS
04/03/16 4:19 pm

They both have perks and drawbacks.

sfcren Wyoming
04/03/16 3:49 pm

Groupthink is a very serious problem.

SonofThunder peace
04/03/16 3:09 pm

Diversity. Only because ideas coming from other places have been especially beneficial. Elon Musk came from South Africa, who knows how he came to be, but he's awesome and is creating something great.

04/03/16 2:32 pm

China everyone is the same no racism no real crime amongst the working class people .

04/03/16 3:49 pm

Not like the white on black we have here

sfcren Wyoming
04/03/16 3:58 pm

The main Mosque in Lhasa was burned down by Tibetans and Chinese Hui Muslims were violently assaulted by Tibetan rioters in the 2008 Tibetan unrest.

Ma Qi's Muslim forces also machine-gunned Tibetan monks and ravaged the monastery several times, leaving thousands dead in bloody battles.

(Gāolì bàng zǐ) - Derogatory term used against all ethnic Koreans.

(Lo Baat Tau) — Literally meaning "Radish Head," used by the Cantonese to refer to the Japanese during World War II.

(Rìběn guǐzi) — Literally "Japanese devil".

(hei guǐ) - "Black devil"

Riots broke out between Muslims and Tibetans over incidents such as bones in soups and prices of balloons, and Tibetans accused Muslims of being cannibals who cooked humans in their soup and of contaminating food with urine.

04/03/16 3:59 pm

Bejing , shanghi , quinhangdo .. Never seen it

04/03/16 4:00 pm

And I'm talking with there own kind the people they live with if course they hate the japs . In America we hate Americans

04/03/16 4:01 pm

I feel much safer there then in some American cities

sfcren Wyoming
04/03/16 4:07 pm

American come from all over the world, what race is American?

Beginning with the beating of a Zanzibar student in Beijing in 1962, there have been more than a dozen race-inspired riots or public demonstrations. Most of the incidents were ignited by a racial slur or tensions over African students, most of whom are male, dating Chinese women.

When Condoleezza Rice visited Beijing in 2005 as secretary of state, Chinese writer Liu Xiaobo studied comments posted on blogs, noting: “… Many stigmatized Rice as ‘really ugly’ . . . ‘the ugliest in the world’ . . . ‘I really can’t understand how mankind gave birth to a woman like Rice’ . . . Some directly called Rice a ‘black ghost, a ‘black pig’ . . . ‘a witch’ . . . ‘rubbish of Humans’ . . . Some lament: Americans’ IQ is low – how can they make a ‘black bitch’ Secretary of State . . . Some, of course, did not forget to stigmatize Rice with animal [names]: ‘chimpanzee’, ‘bird-like’, ‘crocodile’, ‘a piece of rotten meat, mouse s—, [something]

04/03/16 4:11 pm

Well I don't see the deep hate that the media portrays between blacks and whites in China amongst the normal folks . I'm sure there's cases . And the media is controlled there .

sfcren Wyoming
04/03/16 4:17 pm

The level definitely depends on where you are, but even when I was in DC I never had any real issues because of the way I interacted with people.

Others certainly did, and there is a lot of hate directed to mixed race people as well.

godshandsfeet Snellville, GA
04/03/16 7:09 pm

You're an idiot. Asian country's are by far the most racist places I've ever been. The U.S. Carries the torch when it comes to equality.

FIAT2LUX On Planet Earth
04/03/16 1:03 pm

A certain amount of homogeneity is required to operate effectively, but otherwise infinite diversity in infinite combinations is a wonderful thing.

CoffeeNow Powderpuff Leftist
04/03/16 12:38 pm

Diversity, but only if there is a common thread.

The no go areas in Paris are an example of what you DONT want

PrinceOberyn Reduce Reuse Reanimate
04/03/16 11:52 am

Diversity brings innovation, similarity brings stagnation. Its one of the foundations for evolutionary success, and while I am no Social Darwinist, this concept has been used many times to strengthen the world's greatest empires and states.

NKarta Please excuse my sanity
04/03/16 11:38 am

We need to unite. Everyone feeling they are a separate group doesnt lead to unity. That doesnt mean we should be clones, but people who feel they are all in the same group work better together.

17millionTwats Leeds, UK
04/03/16 11:17 am

Everyone needs to completely equal in the eyes of the law and state, but it best when people are individual and unique at a personal level

tdyakker lost
04/03/16 10:49 am

Too many different variables to fully answer this question. What I will say is I don't care where you come from or who you pray to. If you are a U.S. Citizen living here you should be an American first. I will never understand packing up and moving from your country because of the way things are there and then demanding that your new home change to be like the country you left. That's is pure stupidity.

Survivalistien I am Green and Retired
04/03/16 10:45 am

Germany flourished economically and socially when everyone was a white aryan and the minorities were removed.

PrinceOberyn Reduce Reuse Reanimate
04/03/16 11:53 am

Please tell me you are being sarcastic.

Luftwaffe South of Heaven
04/03/16 9:05 pm

Well I mean he's not wrong you know.

Liberty 4,032,064
04/03/16 10:24 am

Neither matter in terms of making anyone or anything stronger.

Doopy Remedial Americanism
04/03/16 9:57 am

Simple answer: no. I don't believe either is better.

bnnt Los Angeles
04/03/16 9:57 am

A mixture of both. Everybody brings their unique background to the culture but it becomes part of the American fabric.
In my opinion, that's what makes us pretty unique in a positive way.

mikeyDe Marine Corps
04/03/16 9:51 am

Not sure. We were a boss country and we still are pretty awesome. I have no stats to point to but I'm fairly certain that we are more diverse then ever with less whites coming in, whites making less babies, and making mud bloods is completely acceptable now. As this is happening America seems to be sliding down a little bit. Even many Americans don't think we are the greatest country on earth anymore.

mikeyDe Marine Corps
04/03/16 9:54 am

And the huge migration from religion to becoming secular in the younger generation really seems to just be getting the religious side more and more upset every day.

TheMobius Siberian Gulag
04/03/16 9:46 am

Diversity leads to conflict which is counterproductive

Zod Above Pugetropolis
04/03/16 9:18 am

More diversity more better. Even with encouraging diversity in the population, freedom of thought, and open sharing of ideas we often seem determined to get stuck in a rut and resist positive change. I can only guess how much worse it would be in a deliberately inbred closed society.

Kneske College Station, TX
04/03/16 9:17 am

It depends on whoever is leading society.

Think of it like a business, if the CEO historically manages better in a "similarity" environment and can accomplish their societal mission, then why ruin it with diversity? And vice versa for diversity.

I think the US has historically thrived better through diversity, but Obama's "management style" is detrimental to our diverse society.

think4yourself Not a safe space
04/03/16 8:43 am

Diversity. Which is why communism and socialism will keep failing.

lovesquirt Hawkeyes
04/03/16 9:06 am

Communism and socialism exist because monarchies and oligarchies failed. I think a balance is best.

sfcren Wyoming
04/03/16 5:49 pm

No Oligarchies in communist or socialist countries?

lovesquirt Hawkeyes
04/04/16 6:57 am

Sure when communism goes authoritarian it does get oligarchs. That's why it's best to have a balance. Our system has beneficial socialist programs and privately owned institutions. Unfortunately, cronyism happens all over.

sfcren Wyoming
04/04/16 7:21 am

If you have an authority you will have an oligarchy, whether it is benevolent or not is another question.

lovesquirt Hawkeyes
04/04/16 7:58 am

Yes, I guess they're not all bad. If anyone still thinks the US is a democratic republic, they're fools.

Sk8BoredR Asian American warrior
04/03/16 8:24 am

I go to a school with a lot of students from all over the world. A lot of children of the big international corporations in the area as well as racial diversity from the greater Seattle/Bellevue area.

We don't sit together by race... It's a great thing to see we truly are a diverse group who actually are moving past the racial BS. Of course there are some who see diversity as a bad thing but they're a small number.

America's future is strength through diversity.

04/03/16 8:24 am

Political correctness aside, some of the most homogenous countries in the world are also some of the most stable. Take Northern Europe, for example. Vast majority of people are White, Non-religious, all make a decent salary and are in agreement on most political issues.

What are the results? Impressively low crime rates, very high prosperity levels, national security and little controversy.

04/03/16 8:44 am

I should have been more specific. By Northern Europe I was specifically referencing Scandinavia.

But your example is a great one! The Civil War in Ireland, if I'm not mistaken, is driven primarily by religious diversity between Protestants and Catholics.

Nobody ever gets in wars with people with whom they agree.

EquaISideEcon more conservative than u
04/03/16 3:20 pm

In the 30 years war Europe fought a major war of religion because of disputes within the Holy Roman Empire as how religion is determined. It wasn't a explicitly Protestant vs Catholic (France fought for the Protestants) the religious differences was just a expression of the balance of power in Europe.

EquaISideEcon more conservative than u
04/03/16 3:23 pm

Sorry just was confused about the 17th century Europe vs Roman Empire in the 17th century over Protestantism vs Catholicism and it seemed like you were talking of the 30 years war

MemeThief Not Authoritarian
04/03/16 8:20 am

People can do what they want and retain their culture, but homogenous societies have historically been stronger.

04/03/16 7:53 am

A broader range of ideas keeps us from stagnation.

TiredofIt Texas
04/03/16 7:47 am

Melting pot vs salad bowl.

Spiritof76 USA 1776
04/03/16 7:44 am

I don't think this is an either/or question. A homogeneous society like North Korea is weak and misguided. But forcing people to express their uniqueness only contributes to narcissism and greed.

04/03/16 7:23 am

I want to say diversity, and we're all taught about how diversity us our strength. But I wonder how much of that is just a myth to help us accept our pluralistic society. I say this because I hear again and again how the most homogenous societies are happier, like Iceland and Denmark. Food for thought...

Shazam Scaramouche, OH
04/03/16 7:42 am

Or maybe in those countries, it isn't so much about race as it is how people are treated by their gov, the function they expect their gov to play, how they treat each other and expect to be treated, the importance of taking care of one another, and the importance of gaining a strong education? Maybe that can be dessert for thought?