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Einstein's Diaries Reveal A Racist Streak

2018-06-14 17:11
Recently published diaries from Albert Einstein reveal that he held racist and xenophobic views. He kept the personal diary in 1922 and 1923 during a trip to East Asia, Palestine and Spain. "The language is extreme. It's disturbing and shocking for the modern era.” Ze-ev Rosenkran, translator of the journals, told CNN. Einstein describes the Chinese as "industrious, filthy, obtuse people." In Egypt, he comments on the “riff-raff” which has a connotation of “vermin” in German. In Sri Lanka, he complains of the "rickshaw coolies" and describes "natives" as "intrusive" and "primitive." "In such a reality, it is especially pertinent to explore how even the poster-child for humanitarian efforts ... could have held prejudiced and stereotypical beliefs about the members of other nations." Rosenkranz