Einstein Was NOT A Racist

Einstein was NOT a racist

The Insanity Of A Politically Correct Society

“A fountain pen on an open journal” by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

In the news that came up on my feed today, there was an article about Einstein, and how his journals, when published would show him to be a racist. This is both ludicrous and untrue.

The passages in question include his observations on the Chinese people, and Columbo. Now, I belong to neither of those subsets, but when reading these passages, it is clear that he is not saying that they deserve segregation, or fewer human rights than any other people. These are his observations. They are his view. His opinion, and he is fully entitled to them. They were written in 1922, before ‘racism’ became the thing that it is today.

Einstein did an awful lot for the African American population, to shine a light on the segregation there. He believed in equal rights, and thought that all people deserved to be treated as human beings.

I’m not, in any way, trying to downplay the suffering of people who have endured racism, but the comments made by Einstein, and lets not forget, that these were in his PRIVATE journals, not intended to be seen by anyone else, were merely observations, similar to the ones that we make when we label people chavs, toffs, nerds, gangstas, etc. I know these names are not based on race, but the impact on the people can be the same.

When we think about Einstein now, do we let a few words (that weren’t meant for public viewing), written when he was a young man, colour our view of him and the things he achieved in his life?

This is what happens when we have a society so obsessed with political correctness that it distorts all other views we have of what we see and hear.

If we are all going to be judged by what we have written privately, then I don’t know about you, but I would be worried.

Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.