That is why I get cross! Because the anthroposophists try to push these beliefs under the carpet. I think they need to confront and disgard them.In no way do I think Steiner Waldorf schools practice racism
( well, we had covert leanings at the school ours were) but on the whole, there isn't racism in the schools; but there is anthroposophical belief that there is a racial hierarchy, that eventually there will be no "race" as all will be the same, but on this journey, "lower" lesser races will be jettisoned in favour of "higher" ones. We could all reincarnate in any skin, the body is a vessel for the spirit and soul to climb the spiritual ladder. But, as can be seen by these passages, the white, "normal" body, is the one which progresses.
here's a few quotes ( my bold)
""Those people, however, who had developed their ego being too little, and who were too exposed to the influences of the sun, were like plants: they deposited too many carbonic constituents beneath their skin and became black. This is why the Negroes are black.
Thus both east of Atlantis in the black population and west of Atlantis in the red population we find survivors of the kind of people who had not developed their ego-feeling in a normal way.
The human beings who had developed normally lent themselves best to progress."
"Look at the colours to be found in Asia, from the Negroes to the yellow races. Hence you have bodies that are sheaths for every possible level of soul, from the completely passive Negro soul entirely given up the outer world of physical existence, to the other levels of passive souls in every possible part of Asia"
"On one side we find the black race, which is earthly at most
. If it moves to the West, it becomes extinct. We also have the yellow race, which is in the middle between earth and the cosmos. If it moves to the East, it becomes brown, attaches itself too much to the cosmos, and becomes extinct. The white race is the future, the race that is creating spirit.”
"These things cannot happen in the world without the most violent struggle. White mankind
is still on the path of absorbing spirit more deeply into its essence. Yellow mankind
is on the path of preserving the period when the spirit is kept away from the body, when the spirit can only be sought outside of the human-physical organization. But the result will have to be that mankind’s next step upwards cannot happen differently than as a violent fight between white mankind and colored mankind
in the most varied areas. And world history will consist of that which will lead to these battles between white and colored mankind
until the great fight between white and colored mankind has been delivered."
" “If the blonds and blue-eyed people die out, the human race will become increasingly dense...Blond hair actually bestows intelligence.
In the case of fair people, less nourishment is driven into the eyes and hair; it remains instead in the brain and endows it with intelligence. Brown- and dark-haired people drive the substances into their eyes and hair that the fair people retain in their brains.”
I'm sure many people may say now, that these quotes are "out of context".
The sentiment is the same, the same thread runs through steiner's work, that old , black, primitive races were not meant to have evolved ( Ahriman and Lucifer interferred in the evoluyionary process), and were not meant to be on earth at the same time as" normal" aryan, perfect races.