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Fri Dec 14, 2018, 04:35 PM

Gandhi statue pulled down in Ghana after controversy over 'racist' writings

Source: CNN

(CNN) A controversial statue of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi has been pulled down at the University of Ghana following protests and petitions for its removal.

The figure was removed between Tuesday night and Wednesday from where it had stood on a recreational area of the university campus in Ghana's capital of Accra since 2016.

Ghana's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration approved the statue's removal, university spokeswoman Stella Amoa told CNN on Friday, following petitions by the university's council to the government. CNN contacted the ministry for comment Friday but did not immediately receive a response.

After its unveiling two years ago, the monument sparked protests among students and faculty members, who claim that Gandhi was "racist" and African figures should be put up first, according to a Change.org petition.

Read more: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2018/12/14/africa/gandhi-statue-ghana-intl/index.html

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Reply Gandhi statue pulled down in Ghana after controversy over 'racist' writings (Original post)
Jose Garcia Dec 2018 OP
Aristus Dec 2018 #1
DRoseDARs Dec 2018 #2
zentrum Dec 2018 #3
marybourg Dec 2018 #4
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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2018, 04:50 PM

1. There's a great deal of truth to that, unfortunately.

Gandhi may have been a passionate Indian patriot, but he was pretty racist, homophobic, and misogynist as well.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 14, 2018, 05:17 PM

2. And his words were backed with NUCLEAR WEAPONS!

 

https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/nuclear-gandhi

https://kotaku.com/why-gandhi-is-such-an-asshole-in-civilization-1653818245

One of the funniest glitches in gaming history, immortalized in future iterations of the series.

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2018, 05:53 PM

3. Gandhi stated that he thought Black

....people were inferior and thus, he supported apartheid. I think he even wanted a version of it instituted in India.

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2018, 07:53 PM

4. Too true.

The word “racist” should not be in “ “s indicating skepticism. He was an acknowledged racist.

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2018, 10:22 PM

5. Finally! This has gained some traction here in the U.S.

I remember pointing this out a few years ago on DU arguing with another DUer using links to Gandhi's own words - tons of it - who wanted to believe despite facts that Gandhi was not a serious racist, only leaving SoAf because of being treated as indigenous African people.

My God, he sharplyy criticized Jewish people during Hitler's reign for Not committing suicide en masse. And ingratiated himself to empire because of their shared Aryan heritage.

http://www.mysteryofindia.com//2014/07/anti-black-quotes-of-gandhi.html

As the statues of Cecil Rhodes across Southern Africa came down so shall Gandhi's, finally.

The Gandhi narrative is one that just burns my butt. As Arundathi Roi said, "Marting Luther King, Jr. was more Gandhi than Gandhi," who I think she said would have never met with King. I may be wrong because it's been a few years since I listened to this lecture.

Fascinating Indian history, truly heartbreaking, of Gandhi's battle with Dalit, Untouchable, genius Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar, the chief architect of the Indian Constitution, who on his death bed mourned and wished that he had never given in to Gandhi for peace sake.

Many Thanks for posting, Jose Garcia.

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