Remove Racist Gandhi Statue in Davis

Remove Racist Gandhi Statue in Davis

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Gandhi is idolized worldwide as a prophet, a visionary, even a messiah. However, the popular image of Gandhi is a myth. The lack of efficient methods of communication and documentation in the past allowed Gandhi to effortlessly create a convincing but false image of himself. Gandhi was deeply prejudiced against all minorities, from black Africans, Jews, to low-caste Hindus. He also demonstrated a shocking lack of morality, from sleeping naked with young girls to employing nonviolence merely as a tool of political expedience. 

During Gandhi’s early years in South Africa he actively campaigned against the Zulu nonviolent civil rights movement. Gandhi called for the segregation of Indians from “Kaffirs” (a derogatory term for Black Africans) but did not challenge segregation of Indians from whites. 

Feb. 15, 1904 ~ “Of course, under my suggestion, the Town Council must withdraw the Kaffirs from the Location. About this mixing of the Kaffirs with the Indians, I must confess I feel most strongly. I think it is very unfair to the Indian population and it is an undue tax on even the proverbial patience of my countrymen.” ~ Vol. III, p. 429 (The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi)

Later, when two tax collectors were killed midst protest against a new poll-tax in 1906, the British declared war on the Zulus. Gandhi supported this war with propaganda for recruitment and participated in the war as a Sergeant Major caring for wounded British troops. Around four thousand Zulus were hung, shot, and severely flogged. Gandhi later lied in his autobiography about standing with the Zulu and caring for wounded Zulus during the war. 

June 30, 1906 ~ “We have to learn much from what the whites are doing in Natal. There is hardly any family from which someone has not gone to fight the Kaffir rebels. Following their example, we should steel our hearts and take courage. Now is the time when the leading whites want us to take this step; if we let go this opportunity, we shall repent later. We therefore urge all Indian leaders to do their duty to the best of their ability.” ~ Vol. V, p. 273 

For more information visit www.gandhism.net 

For these reasons, Gandhi was refused the Nobel Peace Prize on five separate occasions. Gandhi’s statue has been removed from the Ghana University by the Ghana government in 2018 and the placement of the Gandhi statue at the California State Capitol in 2010 was rejected. In light of the current removal of racist images globally in solidarity of the Black Lives Matter movement, thousands of signatures have been collected to remove the Gandhi statue in Leicester, UK and from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. We demand the City of Davis remove the racist image of Gandhi, represented by the presence of his statue, from Central Park in Davis, California.

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