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Those quotes seem to suggest an ontological problem with the studies. It isn't ethnic diversity, it's the conditions under which the diversity came about, particularly in the USA. Because one population was once a slave population, there's still some latent mutual resentment. Let's get the causes straight here.

That's sort of what I was thinking as well; the obvious follow-up question is 'why would ethnic diversity matter?' In the US, it's not hard to come up with a plausible answer to that, and it may well be that their history has irretrievably poisoned things there. But that doesn't mean it can't work elsewhere.

OTOH, I'm wary of playing the role of Clueless, Complacent White Guy. I'd be curious to know if there have been similar studies of racial antagonism in Canada, and what they say.

Well, where I live in the US, there are two neighbouring counties that are very illustrative of the issue. There's a county that is mostly Black. The scutwork is disproportionately done by Hispanics. There's a county that's white and Asian. The scutwork is disproportionately done by black people. At least that's been my impression.

I haven't seen anything so stark in Canada, and I've been to a lot of places. However, our neglect of our Aboriginal populations may be the exception that proves your rule.

What Milton Friedmann argued racial homogenity is the reason why the welfare state has only been successful in Nordic countries at one point actually partly convinced me into changing my vote, but I regret it now.

Canada has probably the most racially intergrated societies in the world. Anyone in an urban area socializes, goes to school and works with people on different ethnic backgrounds. Other than the Bloc, there are no race-dominated parties in Canada and even the Bloc is trying to be more ethnically diverse. The states, on the other hand, has a president with only 2% of blacks in approval. On economic equality, it's all races who are working low wages jobs and going to university so it's not immigration or racism that causes the most poverty. While Canada does have much poverty initially in immigration, it is clear most immigratant relatively quickly succeed with some immigratant communities doing better than the general population seemingly, using Brampton or Kanata as an example.

Canada does have race issues with aborginials much like or worse than the US with blacks but it represents a small part of the population and ignorance on the issue by much of the public is much to do with geographic distribution. Geographic distribution with recent suburban development might also be an issue as increasingly more people are sheltered by the less well off living and working solely in the suburbs.

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