A change.org petition to remove the Gandhi statue in Leicester in the UK has gathered over 6,000 signatures.
The petition by Kerri P. to Leicester City Council reads:
Gandhi, is a facist, racist and sexual predator. For years he has been idolised and taught in school curriculum. For a lot of people in my community, he has bought inconsolable suffering against my people.
As a result, I do not wish to see a statue and praise of that kind of character. Therefore, I want to take action to remove it. I suggest, conducting your own research on Gandhi and align it with your beliefs before signing this protest.
Ultimately, I believe the following three qualities in anybody, despite what may have been achieved within their life, should never be held as an “icon” or inspiration to others. Furthermore, with YOUR help we can all come together to reflect the change we want to see in the world.
In an update from June 13th Kerri P writes:
I have received an update from Leicester City Council requesting me to close the petition and formally submit it with presenting arguments. Therefore, I want to finally thank all of you for your support, signatures and sharing. Throughout this experience, I have learnt that we the people, have a huge impact on this world and it’s important to recognise your significance if you want change in the world. I strongly believe, it’s important to be an advocate in what’s right, even if it means going “against the system.” In a world so mislead by materials, racism and hierarchy it’s imperative to carry good morals, acknowledge what’s wrong in this world and stand up for what you believe in.
God bless all of you.
Fox News reports a British city has put a halt to an online campaign demanding the removal of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi, with its mayor announcing the monument was safe.
Sir Peter Soulsby, the mayor of Leicester, responded to a Change.org petition calling for the removal of Gandhi’s statue. The petition, which has gathered over 6,000 signatures, called the famous non-violent protester a “fascist, racist and sexual predator.”
A similar push in Manchester called for a Gandhi statue’s removal due to his “well-documented anti-black racism,” according to the BBC.
In an interview with LeicestershireLive, Souslby claimed that not only did he not want to remove the statue, but he did not believe he had the power to remove the publicly funded statue.
“There’s no prospect at all of us removing it. And I’m not sure we’d have the power to take it down anyway,” Soulsby said. “It was a community effort to put it there to celebrate someone who, for all of us, was a very inspirational leader in India who inspired the rest of the world with his creed of non-violence.”
The push to remove the statue has been bundled with the recent push to remove statues of individuals who engaged in slavery, slave trading or racism.