The Alliance of Ethics & Art (AEA) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. We are grateful to join with others in the fight against racism, and to seek solutions based on principles of Aesthetic Realism, the education founded by philosopher Eli Siegel:
(1) Every person's deepest desire is to like the world on an honest or accurate basis. This desire is the source of education and all the arts and sciences. (2) The greatest danger of people is to have contempt — "the addition to self through the lessening of something else."
All human injustice is caused by contempt — from a child's sarcastic "put down," to lying, bullying, economic exploitation, voter suppression, war. These principles when studied make it possible for racism to end. — Alice Bernstein
Sorrow and Hope — From the Director
As I begin this update, I want to express my deep sorrow about the horrific June massacre of nine men and women at the historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. And I also want to express the Alliance's unbreakable resolve to inform America about Aesthetic Realism, the education founded by the great philosopher Eli Siegel that enables the source of racism to be understood at last, and to END!
In 2005, photographer/videographer David Bernstein and I had the honor to be in the beloved Mother Emanuel Church which has been in the forefront of the struggle for equality and justice for 200 years. We were there to document the history of the 1965
Edisto 13 desegregation lawsuit, which was then celebrating its 40th anniversary — for the oral history project "The Force of Ethics in Civil Rights."
Our conviction that racism can end is the subject of two books: The People of Clarendon County — A Play by Ossie Davis & the Education That Can End Racism and Aesthetic Realism and the Answer to Racism, written by diverse men and women, each telling what we have learned from Aesthetic Realism that enabled us to change an unjust way of seeing people different from ourselves to true respect and kindness. And a link to one of my earliest articles on this urgent subject, quotes from a commentary by Ellen Reiss in The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known. As she explains the moment-to-moment fight between respect and contempt in all humanity, she makes clear how choices for contempt in a representative girl named Heather, lead to her becoming a racist as a teenager. I know of nothing more important or hopeful than Aesthetic Realism's understanding of the cause and answer to racism. Please find out why I say this!
Celebrating the 21st year of this Emmy award-winning public service film, "The Heart Knows Better," by filmmaker and Aesthetic Realism consultant Ken Kimmelman.
"The People of Clarendon County"— A Play
by Ossie Davis & the Answer to Racism!
presented in the nation's capital.
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