Cancel Culture Coming for Ghandi: Fresno St. Student Calls for Statue of 'Racist' to be Removed
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Just when we thought the Millennial cancel culture couldn’t get any more ridiculous or silly, here comes a California State at Fresno student demanding the university remove a statue of the most peace-loving, peace-advocating ‘radical’ in modern history: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.
Yes, that Ghandi.
“I want to raise awareness about a prominent South Asian figure, Gandhi, and his racist remarks,” said Akhnoor Sidhu said, local media reported, further alleging that Gandhi called for segregating blacks and was very deeply prejudiced.
In her petition she claims:
-- To allow the statue to remain on CSU Fresno's campus will do even more harm and make us appear to hold double-standards.
-- Gandhi was refused the Nobel Peace Prize on five separate occasions. (So what? Barack Obama won a Nobel Peace Prize a few months into his first term for merely saying he wanted to reduce nuclear weapon stockpiles around the world – before working over the next several years to ensure that Iran gets one.)
-- 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. Thousands of people around the world are signing petitions for the removal of Gandhi's statue on their campus/city.
-- Gandhi believed in the caste system and campaigned against the efforts of the Dalits ("Untouchables" of India).
The petition also contains several alleged quotes detrimental to Ghandi, of course.
I say ‘alleged’ because I have not verified all of them – though I certainly suggest anyone thinking about signing the petition do so. And while you’re at it, get some understanding of the context in which Ghandi made them, since they were uttered by a very young man in the latter 1800s.
Historical context is important because it provides basis for understanding why comments were made and under what circumstances. Simply cutting and pasting quotes on an electronic petition with a demand to remove a statue bust isn’t sufficient.
Or, at least, it shouldn’t be. But then again, today’s cancel culture doesn’t care about things like context, nuance, societies as they existed at the time, personalities, and additional political and elemental factors that weigh into things historical figures said and did at the time.
“We should not bury our head in the sand and expect that the storm will die down,” Sidhu said, according to Campus Reform.
Nor should we impose our will on the masses or cherry pick certain quotes and actions of people we haven’t bothered to learn about or truly understand.
As for Ghandi, regardless of whatever flaws he had at the time (even Sidhu, the fellow human, is not without flaws), there is no doubting that his non-violent approach pushing for Indian independence is worthy of recognition and praise.
Known for his ascetic lifestyle–he often dressed only in a loincloth and shawl–and devout Hindu faith, Gandhi was imprisoned several times during his pursuit of non-cooperation, and undertook a number of hunger strikes to protest the oppression of India’s poorest classes, among other injustices. After Partition in 1947, he continued to work toward peace between Hindus and Muslims. Gandhi was shot to death in Delhi in January 1948 by a Hindu fundamentalist.
A non-violent religious man who lived simply but was violently murdered for leading his people to freedom from a colonial power after spending years behind bars.
Yeah, by all means, let’s memory-hole this loser.