(Mirror Daily, United States) – Albert Einstein’s recently published travel diaries unveiled that he shared many racist views in his youth.
The famous physicist documented his trips to Asia and the Middle East from October 1922 to March 1923.
In the diaries, he describes China as “a peculiar herd-like nation” that had turned its people into “automatons.” He jokes about Chinese men’s looks not being very different than Chinese women’s appearance, while not being able to understand why so many men fall for Chinese women’s “fatal attraction.”
Einstein truly believed that China was made of “industrious, filthy, obtuse people,” according to The Travel Diaries of Albert Einstein: The Far East, Palestine, and Spain, 1922-1923.
In Egypt, the Father of Modern Physics was shocked by the “Levantines of every shade” boarding the ship he was on, whom he compared to creatures that “spewed from hell.” About the people in Colombo, Ceylon, he said they were living in “great filth and considerable stench” while doing little and needing little.
Einstein’s Travel Diaries Also Reflect a Change in Views
In 1933, the Jewish scientist emigrated to the U.S. to escape Nazism in Europe. Later in life, he became interested in civil rights and called racism a “disease” of the white men and women.
The diaries document the view changes on race of the great physicist. While the documents were not designed to be made public, some people might be offended by the views expressed there.
In 1933, Einstein criticized the segregation in America at a time when blacks and whites had separate cinemas, schools, and places in public transportation. He soon became a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Some people claim he once said that there were few differences between the way Nazis were treating Jews and the way the U.S. was treating black people.
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