Thus when we in America speak of that paradox “multiculturalism,” we Classicists must be honest, even if brutally so, and say that we are enriched by different foods, music, art, literature and language – satellite experiences around our unchanging Western center. Even the most rigid defenders of the West have always acknowledged that other cultures offer aesthetically impressive, moving expressions of the human condition. A Chinese poem, an African play, a novel from the Punjab, or American Indian chants can invoke human emotion and reveal the tragedy of man every bit as passionately and accurately as Sophocles or Virgil.
But not one of the multiculturalist Classicists (despite the flashy rhetoric) really wishes to adulterate our Greek core so as to live under indigenous pre-Columbian ideas of government, Haitian religious practice, Arabic protocols for female behaviour, Chinese canons of medical ethics, Islamic traditions of church and state, African approaches to science, Japanese ideas of race, Indian social castes, or Native American notions of private property.
Intercontinental immigration is largely a one way affair. Few Westerners, even the most vociferous critics, flee the structures of their government, law, economy, and culture for pristine paradises beyond the borders where the Greeks’ legacy has no sway. The world, past and present, has always voted with its feet, and the only check on the great migration toward the West has been for other cultures to reinvent themselves in its image.”
Victor Davis Hanson and John Heath, Who Killed Homer? The Demise of Classical Education and the Recovery of Greek Wisdom.