Vol. 26, No. 4 (Winter
and the "Deconstruction" of the United Kingdom
Published in October
2000, The Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain is the latest,
and to date, the most comprehensive, multicultural blueprint
for the United Kingdom. Two assumptions are central to the report:
first, that race is a social and political construct not a biological
or genetic reality; and second, that the cultural homogeneity
of the United Kingdom has been politically and socially constructed
and can therefore be deconstructed only to be reconstituted
into a multicultural/multiracial "community of communities."
This article examines the report's position on national identity
and history, racism, free speech and hate crime, education,
the arts, media and immigration.