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Was Ghandi A Racist Towards Blacks? - Opinion

Was the legendary leader of India's liberation fight, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, a racist?

Two South African university professors have written a controversial new book that discloses alarming revelations about Gandhi's life in South Africa between 1893 and 1914, before he went to India.

 Gandhi frequently showed "disdain for Africans" during his time in South Africa, according to S. Anand, founder of Navayana, the publisher of "The South African Gandhi: Stretcher-Bearer of Empire."

 According to the book, Gandhi referred to black Africans as "savage," "raw," and living a life of "indolence and nakedness," and he pushed tirelessly to show British rulers that the Indian community in South Africa was superior to local black Africans. The book examines Gandhi's own writings from the time period as well as official documents to create a portrait that differs from how the world views him today.

 Here's an example of Gandhi's remarks on black South Africans:

* Separate entrances for whites and blacks at the Durban post office was one of Gandhi's first confrontations after arriving in South Africa. Gandhi opposed Indians being "classed with the kaffirs," or indigenous peoples of South Africa, and sought a separate entrance for Indians.

 * In a lecture in Mumbai in 1896, Gandhi stated that the Europeans in Natal sought to "degrade us to the level of the raw kaffir whose single purpose is to collect a certain number of cattle to buy a wife with, and then pass his life in indolence and nakedness." And

 * In 1903, in response to the White League's anti-Indian agitation and the projected introduction of Chinese labor, Gandhi said, "We feel likewise that the white race in South Africa should be the predominating race."

* Formalized paraphraseIn 1939, Gandhi defended his warning to South Africa's Indian population against forging a non-European front by saying, "I have no doubt about the correctness of my advice." Indians cannot make common cause with the Bantus, no matter how much one sympathizes with them."

 Does that prove he was racist towards Blacks?

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