A statue of Mahatma Gandhi has been faraway from the College of Ghana’s campus after an outcry over his “racist” feedback in direction of Africans.
The statue of the Indian independence chief was erected two years in the past in Accra, Ghana’s capital. It was unveiled by India’s former president Pranab Mukherjee.
The statue was eliminated in the course of the night time Tuesday.
Professors on the college started a petition in opposition to the statue shortly after it was first unveiled. The petition has since gained over 2,000 signatures.
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The petition claims Gandhi was a racist, citing his writing through the years, wherein he stated Indians have been “infinitely superior” to Africans, whom he known as “kaffirs,” a racist slur on the time of his writing.
Gandhi wrote in 1896: “Ours is one continuous wrestle in opposition to a degradation sought to be inflicted upon us by the Europeans, who want to degrade us to the extent of the uncooked Kaffir whose occupation is searching and whose sole ambition is to gather a sure variety of cattle to purchase a spouse with and, then, cross his life in indolence and nakedness.”
The petition additionally notes that the statue of Gandhi is the one historic statue within the college, with no different statues of the nation’s personal heroes or heroines.
The existence of the statue additionally created an issue for lecturers, who have been educating his “uncharitable” attitudes in direction of the black race, whereas he was being glorified on the campus, in response to the petition.
Gandhi is finest identified for main the non-violent resistance to British colonial rule in India. He was assassinated in 1948.
He lived and labored in South Africa from 1893 to 1915 as a lawyer, which was when he wrote unfavourably of Africans.
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