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ALBERT EINSTEIN SAW RACISM WHEN AMERICA WOULD NOT!

Albert Einstein and Racism:

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Here’s something you probably don’t know about Albert Einstein. 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.

In fact, many significant details are missing from the numerous studies of Einstein’s life and work, most of them having to do with Einstein's opposition to racism and his relationships with African Americans.

Einstein continued to support progressive causes through the 1950s, when the pressure of anti-Communist witch hunts made it dangerous to do so. Another example of Einstein using his prestige to help a prominent African American occurred in 1951, when the 83-year-old W.E.B. Du Bois, a founder of the NAACP, was indicted by the federal government for failing to register as a "foreign agent" as a consequence of circulating the pro-SovietStockholm Peace Petition. Einstein offered to appear as a character witness for Du Bois, which convinced the judge to drop the case.

In the wake of the monumental effort to digitize Einstein's life and genius for the masses, let's hope that more of us will acknowledge Einstein's greatness as a champion of human and civil rights for African-Americans as one of his greatest contributions to the world.
 

Origins:   The e-mail reproduced above is an excerpt from a 2007 Harvard University Gazette article about a talk given by Fred Jerome and Rodger Taylor, authors of the 2006 book Einstein on Race and Racism. As related in that article, Jerome and Taylor undertook their effort in order to "recognize and correct many significant details missing from the numerous studies of Einstein's life and work, most of them having to do with Einstein's opposition to racism and his relationships with African Americans:

Nearly fifty years after his death, Albert Einstein remains one of America's foremost cultural icons. A thicket of materials, ranging from scholarly to popular, have been written, compiled, produced, and published about his life and his teachings. Among the ocean of Einsteinia — scientific monographs, biographies, anthologies, bibliographies, calendars, postcards, posters, and Hollywood films — however, there is a peculiar void when it comes to the connection that the brilliant scientist had with the African American community. Virtually nowhere is there any mention of his relationship with Paul Robeson, despite Einstein’s close friendship with him, or W.E.B. Du Bois, despite Einstein’s support for him.

This unique book is the first to bring together a wealth of writings by Einstein on the topic of race. Although his activism in this area is less well known than his efforts on behalf of international peace and scientific cooperation, he spoke out vigorously against racism both in the United States and around the world.


In May 1946, Einstein made a rare public appearance outside of Princeton, New Jersey (where he lived and worked in the latter part of his life), when he traveled to the campus of Pennsylvania's Lincoln University, the United States' first degree-granting black university, to take part in a ceremony conferring upon him the honorary degree of doctor of laws. Prior to accepting that degree, he delivered a ten-minute speech to the assembled audience in which he called upon the United States to take a leading role in preventing another world war and denounced the practice of segregation. Because mainstream U.S. newspapers reported little or nothing about the event, a full transcript of Einstein's speech that day does not exist — the only existing record of his words is a few excerpts pieced together from quotes reproduced in coverage by the black press:

The only possibility of preventing war is to prevent the possibility of war. International peace can be achieved only if every individual uses all of his power to exert pressure on the United States to see that it takes the leading part in world government.

The United Nations has no power to prevent war, but it can try to avoid another war. The U.N. will be effective only if no one neglects his duty in his private environment. If he does, he is responsible for the death of our children in a future war.

My trip to this institution was in behalf of a worthwhile cause. There is a separation of colored people from white people in the United States. That separation is not a disease of colored people. It is a disease of white people. I do not intend to be quiet about it.

The situation of mankind today is like that of a little child who has a sharp knife and plays with it. There is no effective defense against the atomic bomb … It can not only destroy a city but it can destroy the very earth on which that city stood.


As the authors of Einstein on Race and Racism noted, Einstein's comments about segregation at Lincoln University reflected his own experiences in both his native Germany and his adopted home in the United States and were part of a pattern of his attempting to ameliorate the effects of discrimination:

According to Jerome and Taylor, Einstein’s statements at Lincoln were by no means an isolated case. Einstein, who was Jewish, was sensitized to racism by the years of Nazi-inspired threats and harassment he suffered during his tenure at the University of Berlin. Einstein was in the United States when the Nazis came to power in 1933, and, fearful that a return to Germany would place him in mortal danger, he decided to stay, accepting a position at the recently founded Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J. He became an American citizen in 1940. But while Einstein may have been grateful to have found a safe haven, his gratitude did not prevent him from criticizing the ethical shortcomings of his new home.

"Einstein realized that African Americans in Princeton were treated like Jews in Germany," said Taylor. "The town was strictly segregated. There was no high school that blacks could go to until the 1940s."

Einstein’s response to the racism and segregation he found in Princeton (Paul Robeson, who was born in Princeton, called it "the northernmost town in the South") was to cultivate relationships in the town's African-American community. Jerome and Taylor interviewed members of that community who still remember the white-haired, disheveled figure of Einstein strolling through their streets, stopping to chat with the inhabitants, and handing out candy to local children.

One woman remembered that Einstein paid the college tuition of a young man from the community. Another said that he invited Marian Anderson to stay at his home when the singer was refused a room at the Nassau Inn.


To sum it up, Einstein was making the point that segregation was not a 'Black problem', but a White problem in that it was born of a diseased mindset much like what became of Nazi Germany.
 

The Struggle Continue. RLHSR.

RACISM AND VIOLENCE!!!

He Could Have Killed Her.

THIS ARTICLE SHOWS WHITE RACISM AND WHITE SUPREMACY AND WHITE HATRED OF "UPPITY NIGGERS" AT ITS WORST … WHICH IS COMMONPLACE USUAL FOR AMERICA.

VIOLENCE DIRECTED AT DR. MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY FOR NO REASON OTHER THAN YOU CAN AND GET AWAY WITH IT.

ONCE AGAIN, AMERICA LOVES TO SWEEP RACISM AND WHITE CORE RACIST ATTITUDES UNDER THE RUG. THEY WILL NOT STAY THERE!

The Struggle Continues!  RLHSR.

JOB WELL DONE!

 
Mr. Pearson JET
 
TALKING ABOUT REAL JACKSONVILLE BLACK HISTORY, MR. RUTLEDGE H. PEARSON AND EARL M. JOHNSON WERE SELECTED BY GOVERNOR SCOTT FOR INDUCTION IN THE 2016 FLORIDA CIVIL RIGHTS HALL OF FAME. THEY WERE SELECTED FROM 10 PERSONS WHO WERE NOMINATED AND SENT TO GOVERNOR SCOTT BY THE FLORIDA COMMISSION ON HUMAN RELATIONS.
I just finished talking with Earl M Johnson Jr. and congratulating him on the selection of his father for induction in the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame in 2016 with Mr. Pearson. Earl M. Johnson Sr. and Mr. Pearson were great friends. In fact, Attorney Johnson gave the Eulogy at Mr. Pearson's funeral in 1967. Earl M. Johnson Sr. was one of the premier civil rights lawyers in this country during the Civil Rights era. He was the Jacksonville Branch NAACP Attorney during the Civil Rights era and defended me and others as we all came under fire from Jacksonville's racist elements. I also had the pleasure of serving with Attorney Johnson on the Jacksonville City Council from 1975-1983. Aside from filing the Braxton school integration case in 1960, Attorney Johnson also represented Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and many others when they was arrested during the summer of 1964 in St. Augustine. Jesse McCrary, lawyer, civil rights activist, and the first Black appointed as Florida Secretary of State by Florida Governor Reubin Askew was also selected. There are three inductees every year. This is the fifth year of the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame. Earl nominated his father and I nominated Mr. Pearson.
 
If you read my first book, then you know my story with the Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP. I joined the Youth Council NAACP at age 11 at the invitation of Mr. Pearson who was also my 8th grade American History teacher and my 9th grade Civics teacher. He was also the adviser of the Youth Council NAACP and my mentor.Those of you who have heard the story know that Mr. Pearson told us to leave our American History textbooks "at home" because he refused to teach us American History from a racist American History Textbook which only included the names of George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington, And though they were important, they were not the only Blacks who made salient contributions to American History. That started my journey on the road to Black History. Later after becoming the President of the Youth Council NAACP, I led the 1960 sit-ins with Marjorie Meeks Brown and Alton Yates; and the resulting AX HANDLE SATURDAY. Mr. Pearson was My Mentor and the adviser to the Youth Council NAACP. So when the news broke about his induction, I shed many tears of joy. I write about Mr. Pearson in my new book just as I wrote about Mr. Pearson in my first book. In fact, I call Mr. Pearson the "civil rights thread in Jacksonville."
 
I talk quite a bit about Mr. Pearson and Attorney Johnson during my presentations. Both great men who are receiving well deserved recognition for their work in the Civil Right Vineyards. There is a Civil Rights Hall of Fame Induction ceremony (maybe March this year) in Tallahassee and the pictures of the inductees are placed in the Capitol Rotunda. I will give you particulars as they become available. Thank you Mr. Pearson…Thank you Attorney Earl. M. Johnson…and Thank you Attorney Jesse McCrary for A Job Well Done!
 
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR!

You Cannot Hide Your Black Skin.

Failed BLACK Logic after THEIR BLACKNESS put money in their pocket…
Blacks who proclaim RACE does not make a difference, yet they are hosting a TV show or they got their role on a TV show or they got a role in a movie specifically because they are Black. Do you think you can hide your hue of skin? Do you understand you are there because the suits—the bottom line boys—want to attract people who look like me to watch you?

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM AND GENOCIDE!

MURDER!!!!!

THIS IS ABOUT POISONING BLACK PEOPLE. AND WHITE AMERICA SAYS NOTHING.

Another "Legacy" of American Racism. Unfortunately there is still no REAL OUTCRY from WHITE AMERICA because Flint is a predominantly Black City. "Kill a town of NIggers and their children. Who cares? It's OK."

AND FORGET ABOUT THE NATIONAL MEDIA. They are only concerned with their ratings. So incessantly reporting on the lunatic rantings of a wealthy White racist running for president is more important than reporting on a Republicant Governor and his poisoning and killing an entire city. This story DID NOT get any traction until Rachel Maddow started reporting on the story and the resulting and the inevitable genocide. Prior to that time everyone saw Murdering Governor Rick Snyder as some White Knight saving the citizens of Michigan from themselves …and especially in the Black cities of Detroit and Flint. More White folks saving the Coloreds from themselves. AMERICA!

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Barack Obama Still…AND Racism Still!!!

THE PRESS IS HARPING ON THE PRESIDENT REPAIRING THE BREACH BETWEEN DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANTS AND CORRESPONDINGLY BETWEEN WHITES AND BLACKS.

President Obama DOES NOT have to repair the Breach in this country between Republicants and Democrats OR A SO-CALLED BREACH BETWEEN BLACKS AND WHITES. The Breach between Whites and Blacks was already there and a Black President inflamed the already simmering RACISM of America's Whites. Nothing New or surprising.
 
Racism is ALWAYS the Undertow in America. Republicants in Congress come from racist and vitriolic congressional districts and racist and vitriolic states. They created the Breach. Republicants need to understand their racism and their obstructionism are the central part of the problem. This President has had to deal with abject Racism in the media …disrespect from Whites as the President and the Commander-In-Chief…White Racist disrespect from Republicant leadership (which is an acknowledged oxymoron) …and stupid wimpish media reporters–local and national– and infotainment clowns who by design do not call out racism…and who do not have a clue about leadership. They have NEVER objectively believed in President's Obama ability to lead, yet it was a far gone conclusion that a George W. Bush was a leader. That includes a Racist TV Channel whose drivel continues 24/7. By comparison to President Obama is a bonafide dunce.
 
Racism is still America's problem. The problem NO ONE wants to discuss. White America has to deal with its Racism and Republicants are front and center. It is not a Barack Obama problem. It is a White America Problem.
 
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

YEP…Lead Poisoning.

Children in Flint, Michigan Suffer the Damage of Lead Poisoning.

 

This is a national disgrace…a national scandal…environmental racism at its worst…and it is criminal. SOMEONE…and a lot of someones…should go to jail. Unfortunately, we know the lead laced Flint River used for drinking water as directed by the Governor et all will cause brain damage. It is irreversible and will occur in many Black children since Flint is 60 per cent Black. Unfortunately we have to wait and see how bad….yet we know the brain damage will happen….and we know it will be bad. QUESTION…DOES ANYONE GIVE A DAMN? The Republicant Governor of Michigan and his Republicant staff and the Republicant Legislature apparently DO NOT!

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND WHITE PRIVILEGE?

Simple Question…Simple Directions.

Anti-racism activist & educator Jane Elliot speaks to white citizens on receiving the same treatment as black citizens. "I want every white person in this room, who would be happy to be treated as this society in general treats our citizens, our black citizens. If you as a white person would be happy to receive the same treatment that our black citizens do in this society – please stand! – You didn't understand the directions. If you white folks want to be treated the way blacks are in this society – stand! – Nobody is standing here. That says very plainly that you know what's happening. You know you don't want it for you. I want to know why you are so willing to accept it or to allow it to happen for others." – Jane Elliot.

Enough Said! The Struggle Continues.  RLHSR.

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THANK YOU. The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

What has Brack Obama Done That Gets So Many People Angry?

EXCELLENT BLOG ARTICLE BY Jay Bazzinotti …

He (President Barack Obama) had the un-mitigated gall to be a Black man who beat two Republican candidates. Furthermore, he had the bad sense to be articulate, a faithful husband and good father. Moreover, he unpatriotically was able to stop our soldiers from being killed in the Middle East while saving us 30 – 50 billion dollars a month. It was bad form for him to kill Osama bin Laden seeing  as how the previous Administration was unable to do it. In addition, he made the mistake of saving the economy from falling into depression. But worst of all, he took Jesus at his word and treated all people, including gays, women, Latins, Blacks and whites the same as he would have wanted to be treated. It was clearly a major transgression for him to try to fix the broken health system in America. In addition, he foolishly gained the respect of our Allies, something the previous administration worked assiduously to destroy. Finally, he made the unforgivable error of trying to protect the environment and save the planet from climate change, something we absolutely CANNOT have. The Republicans are correct — this madman MUST be stopped.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.