It's interesting how a simple gesture can bring up so many memories, like smelling and tasting a freshly percolated cup of coffee on a balmy afternoon. I’m thinking of the social experience of eating out in Georgia 30 or 40 years ago. It was the end of an era, and I would be the last generation to experience it.
The reality of male entitlement and White supremacy - intersecting and independently - is not a new ism that's growing. Instead it's something that's always been, and has simply become more brazen in this particular moment in history.
The response to Black power has usually been White terror, although it’s not the history that’s commonly told. Yet it must, nevertheless, be understood that race as we know it today exists as a social control construct to both justify and conceal the true nature of the entire reshaping of America, and indeed the world—primarily its wealth.
Greenwood Cultural Center – Tulsa, Oklahoma (Image: Wikipedia)
Prior to his arrival to the US, Einstein was already making clear his stance against anti-Black discrimination, in part by writing a letter of support on behalf of 9 Black teenagers, known as the “Scottsboro Boys,” and once in the US, Einstein became allies with many prominent African Americans, like Marian Anderson and W.E.B DuBois. When Einstein saw injustice he would come to the aid and defense of African-Americans, again and again.
Charlie Chaplin and Einstein at the Hollywood premiere of City Lights, January 1931
In the final segment of my interview with Tom Alexander, we continue our discussion about John Dewey, who was one of the 20th century’s greatest philosophers and a widely-respected education reformer. Alexander is the author of John Dewey’s Theory of Art, Experience and Nature: The Horizons of Feeling (SUNY Press, 1987), and he’s the author of The Human Eros: Eco-ontology and the Aesthetics of Existence (Fordham University Press, 2013). Since 1985, Alexander has been a member of the Department of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University.