Is Black selfesteem at root of Gandhi controversy?
Here we go again, calling for the removal of a statue of an important historical person, just because of an alleged racist statement. Some of us in Africa are demanding that the statue of the Father of modern India, Mahatma Gandhi, be removed because he supposedly said some bad things about us, black people. Of course, that this call by some of us flies in the face of our supposed respect for the opinion of others, Gandhi included, was not bad enough; we are once again telling the whole world that when others speak unflatteringly of our abilities we must always make a big deal about it—even if it involves a sledgehammer and an egg.
It never ceases to amaze, how sensitive we become when others say we are an inferior race and how many of us delight in putting down other races. Some of our own black icons, like the renowned antiSemite, Louis Farrakhan and the anti-white racist Marcus Garvey, are revered by us blacks. So why can’t we just let these supposed anti-black racists be? I wonder if the real reason some of us get so hot under the collar when others tell us we are inferior is we think that they could be right. Do we secretly think that anti-black racists are telling the truth when they tell the world we blacks are no good?
You know, when white people are told that they are no good, they can laugh off the attack comfortably because they can always point to their great accomplishments in the sciences and the huge empires that they built. The same is true of the Chinese, Japanese and Indians. So why can’t we laugh off the supposed racists attacks of others when they say that blacks are a race of good for nothings?
Is it because all we can point to as our great achievements is only a list of entertainers such as athletes, musicians, church leaders and talk-show hosts? Is it because while others can point to their great scientists, we have none to show off?
I always say, and will always be saying, that if we have even an ounce of selfrespect, and if we truly believe that we are a great people, then no amount of supposed racist insults will ever get us so angry, as in the case of that Gandhi statue.
I suppose that it is true what they say: “if you throw a stone in a pig’s sty, only the pigs that get hit will always squeal!”
As a race, we really do need to grow up and learn to ignore racist insults like the ones Gandhi supposedly made. Let the dead man be!
Was the father of modern India a racist, as so many in Africa are claiming?