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Einstein’s travel diaries reveal physicist’s racism – BBC News

Newly published private travel diaries have revealed Albert Einstein’s racist and xenophobic views. Written between October 1922 and March 1923, the diaries track his experiences in Asia and the Middle East. In them, he makes sweeping and negative generalisations, for example calling the Chinese “industrious, filthy, obtuse people”. Einstein would …

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“We have to have a home, have to have a car that’s not going to fall apart in the middle of the desert, but within reason we have to live simply.” ~BISHOP GERALD F. KICANAS of Tucson, on church leaders’ efforts to follow the example of Pope Francis. Quotation of …

Campaign 2012: Republicans like Rick Perry and Jim DeMint still care about social issues. But voters don’t. – By David Weigel – Slate Magazine

When you follow around Republican candidates for president and listen to the questions they get, something’s missing. The voters at the South Carolina meet-and-greets are asking about Boeing and unions. The voters at the Dunkin’ Donuts in New Hampshire are asking about the EPA. The voters in line for fried …

The Hue Losing Its Purview – NYTimes.com

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — “Whiteness,” Nell Irvin Painter said the other day, “is not what it used to be.” Dr. Painter is a black woman and a prominent scholar of whiteness. Last year, she published a much acclaimed book, “The History of White People,” which germinated in a whiteness studies class …