Ghana’s problem with ‘racist’ Gandhi. Professors at the University of Ghana are calling for the removal of a statue of Mohandas Gandhi from the campus grounds in Accra because he has a “racist identity.”
The petition lists quotes from the writings of the Indian leader, in which he described Africans as “savages or the Natives of Africa” and “kaffirs” (an insulting racial slur for a black African). …
“How will the historian teach and explain that Gandhi was uncharitable in his attitude towards the Black race and see that we’re glorifying him by erecting a statue on our campus?” the petition goes on to say. …
Bust of Mahatma Gandhi in Edinburgh. Ok in Scotland but not in Ghana, apparently. So who are the racists?
Dr Obadele Kambon, who is one of creators of the petition, … told BBC Trending that “ideally, in its place or elsewhere, statues of classical, traditional and modern African heroes could be erected to enhance levels of self-knowledge, self-respect and self-love.
“In the long term, however, we would like to be part of the global movement towards self-respect and pride that we see in the removal of the Rhodes statue in Umzantsi (South Africa), Colin Kaepernick’s protest against the National Anthem in the US, and the Black Lives Matter protests.
“At the end of the day, we need images of ourselves for our own psychosocial well-being and not images of those who called us savages… May Gandhi fall that Africa may rise!”
Have any of the professors ever expressed racial antipathy towards, say, Indians or whites? Is there any historical figure who would live up to such a standard of not being all racist? And sexist? And all the other isms that PC people will come up with? Does this override their significance and other deeds so entirely? Or is it that only black statues are acceptable in Ghana? What do non-blacks in Ghanaian society say about this?
Political correctness is such a minefield of unimportant questions.