207-209. The implication of Steiner's vision is that humanity will overcome racism only when races themselves are eliminated. Writer Andreas Lichte adds this Steiner statement: ◊ “The white race is the race of the future, the race that works creatively on the spirit.”. In ancient Atlantis, for instance, there were peoples who dropped out of the earth population so to speak, and they became Red Indians ... At the other extreme were those people who said: Oh, the ego is of no significance. The white race is the future, the spiritually advancing race." "We here in Europe call ourselves the white race. It hinges on the doctrine or reincarnation: “As all persons in their different incarnations pass through the various races, therefore, although it may be argued that the European has the advantage over the black and the yellow races, we should not be prejudiced thereby." This background helps account for Steiner's ambivalent viewpoint on exogamy or intermarriage. Knowing that overt racism is often considered objectionable, they often avoid overt professions of their racist attitudes and ideas. His study stands as a rebuke to anthroposophists who continue to ignore this sizeable portion of their own past and its ongoing repercussions in the present. A key error committed by racists is to treat people not essentially as individuals but, primarily or wholly, as representatives of a group — a nation or a race. The problem, however, is that Steiner’s entire system is built on his clairvoyant, mystical “insights” that include his racist views. If you love someone because of race, you are a racist. He did not, however, teach that all humans will be able to move up to that imagined evolutionary stage. We would, I think, have reason to doubt his claims that he is free of prejudice. [26]. He has, as they say, powerful physical drives, powerful instincts. 203-207. Thus the greatest tragedy of this 20th century has come from what the Jews are also striving for. Perhaps some Waldorf schools would then migrate toward the mainstream until they became essentially indistinguishable from other mildly "alternative" forms of education — arts-intensive charter schools, say. This post deals with the most contentious and serious aspect of Steiner schools, racism. And this is precisely what we find in Steiner's doctrines. He added that Rudolf Steiner’s views had to be seen in the context of the time [the early 20th century] and did not reflect the movement’s current approach. The ones who proved capable of evolution are, according to Steiner, white: "On one side we find the black race, which is earthly at most. During a period ostensibly dealing with botany, the teacher veered off topic to warn us never to receive blood transfusions from members of other races. “Of course we have had bullying issues, every school has done,” he said. ANTHROPOSOPHY BASED STATEMENTS. Serving students Nursery through 12th grade. Does this mean that Steiner's teachings on such matters are free of the taint of racism? They take it in. [Abnormal] peoples whose ego impulse was developed too strongly...became...the Red Indians of America. If we go over to Asia, we have mostly the yellow race. one from the school was present), Steiner's racist speculations about Africans as close to the body and new to the rational and spiritual heights achieved by whites on the evolutionary ladder were cited as possibly relevant to the education of African American children in They could not adapt themselves to post-Atlantean conditions; the last remnant of these people are the American Indians; they had degenerated. "Copper red" and "brown" are at the bottom. Rudolf Steiner, DAS HEREINWIRKEN GEISTIGER WESENHEITEN IN DEN MENSCHEN (Rudolf Steiner Verlag, 1984), GA 102, p. 174. London Steiner School, as a school community and as part of a modern Steiner Waldorf movement, rejects discrimination in any form and supports and embraces in full the European Council For Steiner Waldorf Education … They take it in. Yearbook, 2005). and my effort at translation — see "Forbidden". (And note that, for Steiner, "the deeper meaning of Ahasver" is bound up with races and racial identity.). The department had received four complaints about physical abuse of pupils by teachers, including one where a teacher threw a rounders bat at a child. As a foster parent for many years and a mentor for Kids’ Company, the mother concerned is used to dealing with challenging situations but the school’s response to this incident (amongst others) shocked her. The first is that their principal founder, Rudolf Steiner, expressed racist notions and, therefore, despite whatever other good they may do, schools must disavow these ideas. Steiner claimed that, due to his extremely high clairvoyant powers, he was able to probe the "higher worlds" above earthly existence [5]. If one race "stands so much the higher" because it approaches the human ideal (as imagined by white, European Rudolf Steiner), other races must be judged so much the lower, because they deviate from the human ideal (as imagined by white, European Rudolf Steiner). No man is all genus, none is all individuality. In recent years, occasional charges of racism have been leveled against Rudolf Steiner and against institutions arising from his work, such as the Waldorf schools. Here is Mellett's translation, from the German edition, of the summary of this lecture. Some of the more insightful comments in the BBC report, in my view, came from [new Waldorf teacher] Daisy Powell ... One of her prominent remarks, however, is significantly mistaken. Throughout the history of European colonialism, many native cultures were destroyed by colonists "intermarrying" with native populations and absorbing what they saw as the more desirable elements into their own colonial cultures. In other words, it is the idea that some races are higher than others. If blacks move from their proper place on Earth. [1] I develop this argument further in a message I posted at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waldorf-critics/message/12185. It is crucially important to remember that "intermarriage" in colonial circumstances usually meant violent sexual coercion of women from colonized groups by European men. Some may distance themselves from Steiner’s racism, for instance. I got my first inklings of this during my senior year at a Waldorf school. "...Only to the extent that a man has emancipated himself in this way from all that is generic, does he count as a free spirit within a human community. 15. Some people stall at a lower-than-white stage — which means some people never become white. Thus, forms that should have disappeared remained. [23] Rudolf Steiner, DAS HEREINWIRKEN GEISTIGER WESENHEITEN IN DEN MENSCHEN (Rudolf Steiner Verlag, 1984), GA 102, p. 174. Much of Steiner's lecture presents standard theosophical teachings about the physical body, the etheric body, and the astral body, the relationship between the "I" and the blood, the intertwinement of macrocosm and microcosm, and so forth. the ideals of diversity, multiculturalism, and mutual respect among differing peoples. According to Steiner, blacks are childish, Asians are adolescent, whites are adult, and “red Indians” are senescent. Therefore everything connected to the body and the metabolism is strongly developed in the Negro. Still, even if s/he is morally wobbly just now, s/he is currently superior to any black person in an important sense: S/he occupies a higher level; s/he is a member of a higher race. The lips are shapeless and thick, the nose somewhat flat and not yet grown up in a sense ... [Negroes'] stories, their views on the world and creation are somewhat childish. He framed his position as spiritually enlightened; he spoke, often, in lofty terms; yet he was, manifestly, a racist. —, "be on the up- or down-grade of its evolution....", "The white race is the future, the race that is creating spirit.". For those who remember Fascism, this will ring a few bells: “[T]hese things [future human evolution] cannot happen in the world without the most violent struggle. He taught that races and nations share "group souls" — that is, all the members of a race share certain spiritual qualities that cannot be found in other groups. They appear in a later epoch as subordinate nature-spirits." Does this mean that Steiner's teachings on such matters are free of the taint of racism? ], ...“Steiner’s doctrine of racial evolution is more than a biological appendage to his spiritual cosmology. Steiner said that some people are not really human at all: "Imagine what people would say if they heard that we say there are people who are not human beings." One who appears today as a member of the European race went through different races in earlier times, and will in later times proceed through races other than ours. The entire Earth and all the good people on it are evolving upwards, Steiner taught. The UK's Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship's (SWSF) original statement on racism (now deleted) contained the following: “Even though Steiner’s ideas are based on a profound respect for the equality, individuality and shared humanity of all people, regardless of race or ethnic origin, his works do contain a small number of quotations that are discriminatory. (There weren't enough Chinese bodies to go around.) Various characteristics of the evolution of the Asiatic and African peoples will now be comprehensible to you: they present various combinations of surrender to the environment and the external manifestation of ego-feeling. When they sink far enough, they lose to capacity to reverse their descent; they lose to ability to evolve upward. After all, the souls that inhabit Chinese bodies are those that will once again have to incarnate in such races, because they had too strong an attraction to that race. Taking his starting point in the theosophist racial doctrine and in contemporary theories of evolution, especially Ernst Haeckel’s theory of development, Steiner elaborated a comprehensive theory in which various races and cultural epochs were given their places in a hierarchy and were understood within a developmental perspective. Edwin Kreulen, the education editor for the Dutch daily TROUW. Besides the separate individuals, a very real family and national Group Soul and racial Spirit is at work in the life of a family, a people, or a race. According to the briefing, written in August and September 2010, the DfE was aware of “serious complaints” of staff bullying pupils in eight of the 25 independent Steiner schools, and that in several cases the schools had failed to investigate allegations of bullying by teachers. The European proves, [while] the American asserts. By reason of the fact that they have not made use of life! There will be no more bodies in which souls that have grown too much involved in their bodily nature can incarnate. The souls evolve further, the bodies die away. According to Steiner, it is not true that everyone passes through all levels. Souls that fail to evolve to higher levels will expire along with the racial forms in which they have become trapped. Rudolf Steiner School is a private, Waldorf School on the Upper East Side of New York City. If so, it is a joke that only a racist would tell or find amusing. “The Steiner academies in Frome and Hereford have both been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in their most recent inspections.”, Steiner plots free schools with spiritual ethos - Jan 2013, 'Homeopathy? ... [A race's fate hinges on] whether it be on the up- or down-grade of its evolution...." —, Rudolf Steiner, THE OCCULT SIGNIFICANCE OF BLOOD (Health Research Books, 1972), p. What Ofsted found at ‘Rotten to the core’ RSSKL and what has come to light since its closure has been awful, shocking stuff. [http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/waldorf-critics/conversations/topics/11612]: Referring to an investigation of Waldorf schools. In sum, you know a lot about the two strangers you see standing before you. Indeed several of Steiner's most prominent followers, including leading Anthroposophist race theorists of the first half of the twentieth century, firmly rejected racial intermarriage and "blood mixing," above all Richard Karutz in Germany and Massimo Scaligero in Italy. The book concerned is Steiner’s book ‘From Limestone to Lucifer’ (London: Rudolf Steiner Press, 1999). [22] Rudolf Steiner, FROM BEETROOT TO BUDDHISM (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1999), p. 59. upper portion of the first diagram, above. Such claims reflect a lack of awareness of basic historical information about the development of racist thought. 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Plus, how can he slip up — he is supposedly clairvoyant. An individual who is free of racist beliefs will almost never — intentionally or otherwise — make a racist remark. This pattern arguably served children badly from its inception, and it almost certainly serves them worse now, in the twenty-first century. It does not penetrate through the whole body, but lingers on the surface of the skin, and the skin itself thus turns black. The Negro race does not belong to Europe, and the fact that this race is now playing such a large role in Europe is of course nothing but a nuisance." It is equivalent to miscegenation, one of the prime bugaboos of racists. In childish simplicity they worship their gods." If translated into English it would contain the following passages: > “One can only understand history and all of social life, including today’s social life, if one pays attention to people’s racial characteristics. ), Steiner taught that, like blacks, Jews also cut themselves off from true spirituality. bad souls) [sic].” [27]. ◊ "One can only understand history and all of social life, including today's social life, if one pays attention to people's racial characteristics. Hence, Steiner's teachings are free of prejudice: Steiner was simply pointing out an objective fact, which is that all good humans move upward, from membership in low races to membership in high races. They take it in. 45-46. Therefore, you will become a subhuman nature spirit — that is, a being like a goblin who cannot evolve in the proper, human way and who will be excluded from the joyous destiny of all the good (white and whiter-than-white) humans on Vulcan and beyond. 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