By Kristine Phillips The Washington Post Thu., June 14, 2018 In 1946, Albert Einstein stood in front of students at the oldest historically Black college in the United States and decried the oppression of African Americans. “There is separation of coloured people from white people in the United States. That separation is not a disease of coloured people. It is a disease of white people. I do not intend to be quiet about it,” he said during a commencement speech at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. As a Jewish scientist who experienced anti-Semitism in Germany, Einstein showed deep sympathy for Black people in America. He wandered around Black neighbourhoods in segregated Princeton, N.J., his home after leaving Germany amid the rise of the Nazis, sat on people’s porches, chatted with them and handed out candies to their children and grandchildren. He had become so entrenched in America’s civil rights movement that the FBI placed him under surveillance, collecting nearly 1,500 pages of documents on Einstein by the time he died. But there’s another side to Einstein that perhaps people did not know then. One of the travel diaries he wrote during a months-long voyage in the 1920s reveals that in his… Read full this story
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