Ferguson, USA and Albert Einstein

This video from the USA says about itself:

Arise America: Einstein’s Stance on Racism

16 December 2014

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein is well known for his contributions to science, but not so publicized are his efforts to speak out against racism in the United States, as evidenced by papers written by Einstein recently made public. Ze’ev Rosenkranz, assistant director and senior editor of the Einstein Papers Project at the California Institute of Technology, joins Arise America to discuss this little known side of Einstein.

From the classical music blog Slipped Disc in Britain, by Norman Lebrecht:

Albert Einstein’s message to Ferguson, Missouri

August 11, 2015

The immortal physicist, moral philosopher and fervent violinist was so disturbed by the state of racial relations in his American homeland that in 1946 he published an agonised denunciation of ‘this deeply entrenched evil.’

The [American] sense of equality and human dignity is mainly limited to men of white skins. Even among these there are prejudices of which I as a Jew am clearly conscious; but they are unimportant in comparison with the attitude of the “Whites” toward their fellow-citizens of darker complexion, particularly toward Negroes. The more I feel an American, the more this situation pains me. I can escape the feeling of complicity in it only by speaking out.

His message went, and still goes, unheard.

What, however, can the man of good will do to combat this deeply rooted prejudice? He must have the courage to set an example by word and deed, and must watch lest his children become influenced by this racial bias.

Read the full article here.

Armed white men from Oath Keepers arrive in Ferguson, stoking tension: here.

Black Lives Matter protesters commemorate Michael Brown in New York City: here.

17 thoughts on “Ferguson, USA and Albert Einstein

  1. Einstein not only a great scientist but a great humanitarian, have never heard of his views on racism before, having not only succeeded in science also having above average intelligence to white prejudice of not only to blacks and other races such as the Irish now more relegated to history, certainly Britain has made a major contribution to class hatred having successfully polluted the mind of the average British citizen but also created a contagious class disease, as Einstein stated the Greek philosopher having a good intellect had not the ability to shake off his class divisions, it resides firmly in psyche of human beings the idea of superiority and those who are the underclass, I am not saying their is not a division within the mind of a superior intellect? the problem for me is so many who assume they are superior are fairly stupid and many who are regarded as lower class are well above those who think they are superior.


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