Tuesday, 9 October 2018

If Winston Churchill's comments cannot be excused by the excuse of the time they were made in, then what about Mahatma Gandhi’s 'racist' quotes?

US astronaut Scott Kelly suffered a backlash for being positive about Winston Churchill. Apparently the defence of different times is no defence. So would the same SJW types attack Mahatma Gandhi? 

All the below quotations are direct quotations from "The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi". All grammatical errors and misspellings are the responsibility of Mohandas Gandhi, the original author, and are preserved for historical consistency. They can be seen here

Before Dec. 19, 1894
"A general belief seems to prevail in the Colony that the Indians are little better, if at all, than savages or the Natives of Africa. Even the children are taught to believe in that manner, with the result that the Indian is being dragged down to the position of a raw Kaffir." ~ Vol. I, p. 193

Sept. 26, 1896
"Ours is one continual struggle against a degradation sought to be inflicted upon us by the Europeans, who desire to degrade us to the level of the raw Kaffir whose occupation is hunting, and whose sole ambition is to collect a certain number of cattle to buy a wife with and, then, pass his life in indolence and nakedness." ~ Vol. I, pp. 409-410

Oct. 26, 1896
"There is a bye-law in Durban which requires registration of coloured servants. This rule may be, and perhaps is, necessary for the Kaffirs who would not work, but absolutely useless with regard to the Indians. But the policy is to class the Indian with the Kaffir whenever possible." ~ Vol. I, p. 435

Before May 27, 1899
"Your Petitioner has seen the Location intended to be used by the Indians. It would place them, who are undoubtedly infinitely superior to the Kaffirs, in close proximity to the latter." ~ Vol. II, p. 270

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

June 1, 1906
"The Boer Government insulted the Indians by classing them with the Kaffirs." ~ Vol. V, p. 59

July 3, 1908
"We were then Marched off to a prison intended for Kaffirs. There, our garments were stamped with the letter 'N,' which meant that we were being classed with the Natives. We were all prepared for hardships, but not quite for this experience. We could understand not being classed with the whites, but to be placed on the same level with the Natives seemed too much to put up with. I then felt that Indians had not launched on passive resistance too soon. Here was further proof that the obnoxious law was intended to emasculate the Indians." ~ Vol. VIII, p. 198

July 3, 1907
"Kaffirs are as a rule uncivilised – the convicts even more so. They are troublesome, very dirty and live almost like animals. Each ward contains nearly 50 to 60 of them. They often started rows and fought among themselves. The reader can easily imagine the plight of the poor Indian thrown into such company!" ~ Vol. VIII, p. 199

Dec. 2, 1910
"Some Indians do have contacts with Kaffir women. I think such contacts are fraught with grave danger. Indians would do well to avoid them altogether." ~ Vol. X, p. 414

I'm rather a fan of Mahatma Gandhi's role in achieving independence for India, although I am more of a Winston Churchill fan. However if Winston Churchill is freely described as a racist, or as bad as Hitler, then why does Mahatma Gandhi not suffer from the same SJW types' criticisms? 

1 comment:

English Pensioner said...

You've missed the point.
Only whites can be racist.