Albert Einstein Called Racism “A Disease of White People” in His Little-Known Fight for Civil Rights | Open Culture

Albert Einstein

Invited to Lincoln to receive an honorary degree, Einstein gave a lecture on physics but also bluntly addressed the racial animus that held the country in its grip, reportedly calling racism, “a disease of white people” and saying he “did not intend to be quiet” about his opposition to segregation and racist public policy. Lest anyone think the Nobel-prize-winning physicist was pandering to his audience, the Harvard Gazette offers a comprehensive summary of Einstein’s support of progressive anti-racist causes, including his personal support of members of Princeton’s black community (he paid one man’s college tuition), a town Princeton native Paul Robeson once called “the northernmost town in the south.”

via Albert Einstein Called Racism “A Disease of White People” in His Little-Known Fight for Civil Rights | Open Culture.

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