Sunday Tribune (Durban, South Africa) January 4, 2012
from "Racism deserves to get the red card" by Rich Mkhondo
"Sport is supposed to be the epitome of the level playing field, where
people are judged by their performance on the field or court, not by
the colour of their skin. My favourite sport, football, has the capacity
to bring people together. I am pained by the fact that when it comes to
the poisonous hate of racism, the game has also been there, done that....
Eli Siegel, an American educator who founded the philosophy of
Aesthetic Realism, has an answer. He explains that racism begins with
the hope for contempt—the “false importance or glory” a person gets by
making less of the reality of other people...> more
Staten Island Advance (Staten Island, NY) July 19, 2010
"Contempt causes bias attacks" by Helena Gvili
"I am angered and saddened by the hate crimes taking place on Staten Island.... As a Staten Islander, I feel it is crucial for your
readers to know that 'the mentality that leads to violence,' is explained by Eli Siegel, founder of
the philosophy Aesthetic Realism, as contempt, 'the addition to self through the lessening of something else.'”... > more
The Philadelphia Sun (Philadelphia, PA) March 20, 2011
"Tulane Law School honors civil rights and the Answer to Racism"
"One of the great civil rights lawsuits in American history took center stage last week in a special event at Tulane University Law School (TLS) in New Orleans: 'The People of Clarendon County'—A Play by Ossie Davis, & the Answer to Racism! The 1955 play by
revered actor/activist Ossie Davis, enacted by law students,
dramatized the lives of the brave black parents who risked
everything for an 'equal' school bus.”... > more
Tennessee Tribune, June 30, 2011
"Aesthetic Realism Answer to Racism Thrills Audience at NC Museum of History"
"(Raleigh, NC) The audience at NC Museum
of History in Raleigh on June 3rd gave a
standing ovation to “The People of Clarendon
County”—A Play by Ossie Davis, & the
Answer to Racism! This event, based on the
book by journalist and civil rights scholar
Alice Bernstein, has been educating
audiences around the country for four years.
It is a project of the non-profit Alliance of
Ethics &Art in New York City.
Joining Bernstein were black, white, and
Native American speakers: Onilaja Waters,
Earl Ijames, John E. Scott Richardson, Dr.
Arnold Perey, and Monique Michael..”... > more
racism and how to end it" by Nancy Huntting
want people in Cincinnati, my home town, to know what I learned about its
cause from Aesthetic Realism, the education founded by the great American
poet and critic Eli Siegel. All human cruelty, he showed, including prejudice
and racism, arises from contempt...
Southwest Digest (Lubbock, Texas) 1/9/03
Also by Alice Bernstein:
"Poems by Eli Siegel about Martin Luther King and America" by Alice Bernstein
As we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King and his courageous opposition to racism and economic injustice, I feel people should know of two poems by Eli Siegel, the great American poet and founder of the philosophy Aesthetic Realism, from his second volume of poetry, Hail, American Development (Definition Press, NY). With enormous respect for Martin Luther King, Mr. Siegel expresses what America and every person in our troubled world is hoping for.... > more
The Black World Today (Internet) 3/15/00
South Carolina Black News 5/2006 "Jack Hasegawa and the Struggle for Civil Rights in the South" Parts 1,2, & 3
Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, NY) 12/5/01 "Young
and Old Learn Answer to Racism at Brooklyn Children's Museum"
Guardian (International News Network Online) 11/00 "The
Genome and 'The Equality of Man'" by Alice Bernstein. "There is a refutation of racism within the nucleus of every cell
of our body .... The genome shows we are much more like one another than
the brutal egos of people have wanted to see." > more
The Mississippi Link, 11/25/98 "Aesthetic Realism Explains Where Racism Begins — and What Can End It"
Black World Today (Internet) 12/15/98
Understood At Last!" by Ruth Oron
In these first weeks of the new millennium there is one report after another showing how much the past is still with us: how much turmoil there is over the events of the 30's and 40's and the terror that was fascism. There has been a great uproar about Joerg Haider's far-right party in Austria--with its xenophobic policies and his spiteful playing down the Nazi crimes... > more
Visit to Amritsar" by Christopher Balchin. "I was horrified as an Englishman and a human being when I learned that Queen Elizabeth is planning to visit Amritsar, the site of the infamous massacre by British troops of unarmed civilians without uttering even one word of apology." >> more
Commuter News, 8/4/98
"Reader Condemns Racism in Area / USA" by Edward Green. "I write about what I've learned from the philosophy Aesthetic Realism and its
founder, Eli Siegel: that contempt is the cause of racism, and only through the
conscious criticism of contempt will racism end." > more
"It Is in Contempt that the Root of Racism Lies" by Allan Michael. I want your readers to know what I learned from Eli Siegel,
the great educator, historian, and founder of Aesthetic Realism: the cause of
racism is contempt. He defined contempt as the 'disposition in every person to think he will be for himself by making less of the outside world.' Contempt is as ordinary as a family saying, 'We are better than that family next door.' On a larger scale, contempt has people of one race or religion look down on people different from them.
by NY teachers about education vs. prejudice: a sampling
Changes to Respect: The Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method" by Barbara McClung
I am very happy to say that my students and I are learning the powerful, scientific alternative to prejudice and contempt. In the international journal The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known, Class Chairman of Aesthetic Realism Ellen Reiss writes, "When we see, through Aesthetic Realism, that the world in all its difference is like us--we do not want to have contempt for the world and punish it." > more
Tribune, 8/26/99 and 9/9/99
of the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method: Students Learn, Prejudice Is
Defeated!" by Patricia Martone
"It is a beautiful fact that through the Aesthetic Realism teaching method, children learn to read with eagerness and real pleasure — including many who have been brutalized by an economic system that is contemptuous of their needs and so unjust to them. ...
It is a huge thing for children to feel what Aesthetic Realism is the first to show: that words in a book are the world able to get within you. And seeing this opposes powerfully their desire to make less of people standing for that world different from themselves, which is prejudice."
Daily Challenge (New York, NY) 5/5/99
Realism and the Anthropology of Africa" by Edward Green
Arnold Perey learned from Aesthetic Realism that the deepest feelings of all people, everywhere, are more alike that different. "There is no doubt all the world's people arose from Africa, and not so very long ago," Dr. Perey told me. "And therefore, every person in America and the world is closely related to the people of Africa." > more
Antonio Register (San Antonio, Texas) Part 1, 6/20/99 ; Part 2, 6/20/99 Kindergarten
Realism Teaching Method: Students Learn, Prejudice Is Defeated!" Article
by Lori Colavito about arithmetic lessons in kindergarten.
"Through this indispensable method, I have seen hundreds of children--representing nations and cultures from all over the world--learn their subjects with eagerness and pleasure, and also become kinder to each other! I say passionately that when this teaching method is used right from the earliest grades, prejudice in our schools--instead of escalating--will simply not be!" > more
the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method Addition and Subtraction Oppose Prejudice."
"Trouble about subtraction was described as having to do with a great debate within a child between the desire to lessen things and a beautiful fear of doing so. Children can not want to subtract because it means doing with exactitude something they have wanted to do any way they pleased: make less." > more