Albert Einstein's diaries reveal starkly racist sentiments well into middle age. The BBC reports that he disliked China most of all: “industrious, filthy, obtuse people” about whom “it would be a pity if [they] supplant all other races. For the likes of us the mere thought is unspeakably dreary.”
On Egyptians: "Levantines of every shade... spewed from hell"
On Sri Lankans: "They live in great filth and considerable stench down on the ground, do little, and need little."
More on the Chinese, and women to boot:
In other entries he calls China "a peculiar herd-like nation," and "more like automatons than people", before claiming there is "little difference" between Chinese men and women, and questioning how the men are "incapable of defending themselves" from female "fatal attraction".
The elder Einstein became quite sharply anti-racist. Something weird must have happened in the 1930s or thereabouts to change his mind.
Three Muslim families were unlawfully forbidden to board an NYC ferry, according to a complaint filed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). The women in the families were wearing traditional Muslim garbs — “hijabs, religious headcover, and long dresses covering their legs and arms for religious purposes.” The families were about to board but […]
A black security guard at Madison West High School in Madison, Wisconsin, asked a student—also black—to stop calling him the n-word. The school fired the security guard, citing its zero-tolerance policy on racial slurs. Marlon Anderson’s Facebook post in which he describes his termination from the Madison School District after working there for 11 years […]
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