Category Archives: Crises of Multiculture?

Rest in Power, Jo Cox

Picture from Another Angry Voicde

Picture from Another Angry Voice

The racism of the Brexit campaign set the scene for the murder of Jo Cox. Her brutal killing is continuous with Breivik’s Utoya massacre. Then as now the peddlers of hate, from the those who ‘bravely’ spoke of the failures of multiculturalism, to those inciting hooligans to taunt refugee children  with their 1930s style cartoons are responsible.

Breivik, like Mair, was a creation of modern Europe’s refusal to admit that race is integral to its formation, not an aberration, not a pathology. It is the logical outcome of the sustained refusal to accept the fact that Europe was not, is not and will not be a white continent but that its power structures have to change in recognition, which means engaging deeply with the legacies of race, ceding white power, and dismantling Eurocentrism.

It is on this battleground that Jo Cox died.


Get Out and Stay Out – Conversations About Multiculturalism

I shall be the guest of the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights a the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada between October 31 and November 3. Please join me if you can at a debate on multiculturalism, during which I will be talking about The Crises of Multiculturalism: Racism in a neoliberal age (my book with Gavan Titley) being organised at the Edmonton Clinic Health Academy // Room 2-490 on November 1 at 17h00. I look forward to meeting you there.

Upcoming Talks

I’ll be speaking about our book, The Crises of Multiculturalism: racism in a neoliberal age at two separate events at the University of Sussex over the next few weeks.

I will be speaking at the Social and Political Thought seminar series on Wednesday January 25 at 17h00 and at the Justice and Violence Research seminar series on Wednesday, February 15 at 15h00 (Room A71).


Fresh Off the Press

It's finally out!

It's finally out!

The Crises of Multiculturalism: Racism in a Neoliberal Age is finally ready. My co-author, Gavan and I went to pick it up and meet the delightful Zed Books editors at their offices in London last week. Here I am checking it out. The book will be officially out next week and a blog to accompany it ready soon. We welcome any reviews, friendly or otherwise; in fact, we’re ready, if anyone – Christian Joppke, Christopher Caldwell, etc. – wants a fight!

The preface to the book has been written by the entirely awesome Gary Younge with kind endorsements from Sara Ahmed, David Theo Goldberg and Howard Winant amongst others. Here’s what Winant has to say:

‘Lentin and Titley’s fierce critique provides a much-needed critical analysis of multiculturalism’s ineffectuality in opposing the racism rising in Europe today. The smiling rhetoric of tolerance, we learn here, is still produced by sharp white teeth. Highly recommended!’

Racists of Europe Unite!

Stolen from the brilliant Steve Bell

Stolen from the brilliant Steve Bell

So David Cameron has been given Marine Le Pen’s blessing. As the new head of the racist French party, the Front national, she says,

It is exactly this type of statement that has barred us from public life [in France] for 30 years… I sense an evolution at European level, even in classic governments. I can only congratulate him.

Marine Le Pen is right to point out that what used to be beyond the pale, is now acceptable speech. White Europeans everywhere are now ‘daring’ to say what they always thought about black people, migrants, and Muslims having been given the go ahead by their politicians. As Seumas Milne points out in the The Guardian, Cameron’s anti-Muslim racism is nothing new: “much of the ground for Cameron’s neocon turn was laid by Tony Blair and New Labour – and politicians such as Phil Woolas, who unsuccessfully tried to play the Islamophobic card to save his skin.” Continue reading

David Cameron Jumps on the Bandwagon of anti-Multiculturalism

We need ‘a lot less of the passive tolerance of recent years and much more active, muscular liberalism.’

David Cameron has announced that the ‘doctrine of state multiculturalism’ has encouraged different cultures to live separate lives. He went on to say that, while we are quick to condemn white racism (really?), we are ‘too cautious’ when someone who isn’t white holds ‘equally objectionable views’. Continue reading

New news

LENTIN FINALIt’s been such a long time since I last blogged. Over the last few months I have been a visiting fellow at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry in Berlin during which time I co-wrote a book, The Crises of Multiculturalism: Racism in a neoliberal age with Gavan Titley. Pending readers’ reviews which we are waiting for at the end of November, the book will be out on June 9 2011.

During my time in Berlin, we organised a workshop at the ICI on the book’s theme and were delighted to have Guardian journalist Gary Younge join us. The whole workshop is available to watch online. Continue reading

Crises of Multiculture in Berlin

mc is deadThe Crises of Multiculture? (Zed Boks 2011) which I am co-writing with Gavan Titley will be prresented at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry in Berlin on July 15 with a response by award-winning journalist, Gary Younge.

Across the West, something called multiculturalism is in crisis. Regarded as the failed experiment of liberal elites, commentators and politicians compete to denounce its corrosive legacies; parallel communities threatening social cohesion, enemies within cultivated by irresponsible cultural relativism, mediaeval practices subverting national ‘ways of life’ and universal values. Muslims have been the chief beneficiary of this discredited epoch; licensed by its delusions, they have been left unsupervised, and the proliferation of ghettos, extremism and illiberal excesses is the troubling result. Continue reading