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Einstein’s Newly Published Travel Journals Are Full of ‘Racist and Dehumanising Comments’ About Asians

Einstein’s travel diaries reveal ‘shocking’ xenophobia

Private journals kept by the scientist and humanitarian icon show prejudiced attitudes toward people he met while travelling in Asia

By Alison Flood | 12 June 2018

THE GUARDIAN — The publication of Albert Einstein’s private diaries detailing his tour of Asia in the 1920s reveals the theoretical physicist and humanitarian icon’s racist attitudes to the people he met on his travels, particularly the Chinese.

Written between October 1922 and March 1923, the diaries see the scientist musing on his travels, science, philosophy and art. In China, the man who famously once described racism as “a disease of white people” describes the “industrious, filthy, obtuse people” he observes. He notes how the “Chinese don’t sit on benches while eating but squat like Europeans do when they relieve themselves out in the leafy woods. All this occurs quietly and demurely. Even the children are spiritless and look obtuse.” After earlier writing of the “abundance of offspring” and the “fecundity” of the Chinese, he goes on to say: “It would be a pity if these Chinese supplant all other races. For the likes of us the mere thought is unspeakably dreary.”

Ze’ev Rosenkranz, senior editor and assistant director of the Einstein Papers Project at the California Institute of Technology, said: “I think a lot of comments strike us as pretty unpleasant – what he says about the Chinese in particular.

“They’re kind of in contrast to the public image of the great humanitarian icon. I think it’s quite a shock to read those and contrast them with his more public statements. They’re more off guard, he didn’t intend them for publication.” […]

3 Comments on Einstein’s Newly Published Travel Journals Are Full of ‘Racist and Dehumanising Comments’ About Asians

  1. Kay Griggs said that AE is a homo and pedo. he did this stuff in Princeton University in “Caps and Gowns” club, even a few years prior his death.

  2. The hardcore critique of Kleinstein would be: 80% ripoff, 20% absurd wafling and neptunian smokescreen.
    He married his cousin, and got retarded kids.
    Somewhere theyve got his brain preserved, they think theyll find something very special there.
    Yeah, right!
    Of course they will, cant be any other way.
    Christopher Jon Bjerkness documents this giant fraudster.

    Linh Dinh goes deeper into the racial thinking of this.
    Link this one instead of (The Guardian):
    id say: avoid the Guardian, and go for The OffGuardian instead:

    I was told that the editor of “Annalen der Physik”, wouldnt publish Kleinsteins amateurish ramblings and copycat stuff, and that he suddenly died.
    Cant confirm it though .

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