“some people have to be erased from history”
This happened at the University of Ghana in 2016 and the exact same reasons were given.
Vice News reports:
Why Students at Carleton University Are Trying to Have a Statue of Gandhi Removed
Every winter, a statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Carleton University is affectionately adorned with hats and scarves to keep it from getting too cold.
But this tribute is a lie, say a growing number of critics, who are demanding the university remove the statue of the Indian activist. They say despite his admirable reputation, Gandhi was also a misogynist, a racist towards black Africans and a supporter of the caste system in India.
“For you to deify Gandhi, some people have to be erased from history. You don’t engage with how his activism as a whole was detrimental to certain segments of society,” says Kenneth Aliu, the president of Carleton’s African Studies Student Association, whose opinion piece in the school’s newspaper ignited the debate across campus.
“He talked about how the Indian struggle is a continuous struggle against the kaffirs, who want to live out their days in savagery and nakedness. I cannot see myself worshiping this man. Everything I learned about him was a lie.”
The current debate at Carleton is not an isolated event. The statue came under criticism when it was unveiled in 2011 and commemorations of Gandhi have increasingly come under fire worldwide in recent years.
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