Albert Einstein on Racism

einstein1.jpgA little known fact about Albert Einstein (full article here):

In 1946, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist traveled to Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, the alma mater of Langston Hughes and Thurgood Marshall and the first school in America to grant college degrees to blacks. At Lincoln, Einstein gave a speech in which he called racism “a disease of white people,” and added, “I do not intend to be quiet about it.” He also received an honorary degree and gave a lecture on relativity to Lincoln students.

The reason Einstein’s visit to Lincoln is not better known is that it was virtually ignored by the mainstream press, which regularly covered Einstein’s speeches and activities. (Only the black press gave extensive coverage to the event.) Nor is there mention of the Lincoln visit in any of the major Einstein biographies or archives.

Apparently a movie is in the works about the 20 year relationship between Einstein (played by Ben Kingsley) and Paul Robeson (played by Danny Glover).


6 Responses to “Albert Einstein on Racism”

  1. 1 whatwouldawhitewomando July 19, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    I had no idea this occured. im going to do some reseach on this.

  2. 2 Luis Contreras August 31, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    What a great side to this great man. He was truly enlightend.

  3. 3 Cat February 28, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Yes, and he was also a very active member of Princeton’s chapter of the NAACP. He hated discrimination of any kind! :] Go Einstein!

  4. 4 LaRome June 26, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    I’m not even surprised ,I heard about Einstein speaking out against white supremacy year’s ago ,however everyone I shared it with was dumb founded especially white people I told.White America seems to always leave out the truth when it come’s to historical account’s.kiss my ass Republican TEA PARTY FOOLS…

  5. 5 Esther Swinestein January 17, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    kinda funny how the smartest ‘person’ you dullards can think of is considered an idiot savant similar to Rain Man by Cambridge University and Hollywood.

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