Responding to racism debate, Ghanaian campus intends to move Gandhi statue

Ghana’s foreign ministry intends to remove a statue of Mohandas Gandhi from a university campus, after a group of professors and students at the University of Ghana protested the installation, claiming that the Indian civil rights leader held racist views and should not be held up as a Ghanaian hero.

More than 1,000 people have signed a petition in support of its removal. Although concerned about the bitterness unearthed by the campaign, the government has agreed to remove the statue and will move it elsewhere to protect the symbol of friendship between the two nations.

“While acknowledging that human as he was, Mahatma Gandhi may have had his flaws, we must remember that people evolve,” Ghana’s ministry said in a statement. “He inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.” READ MORE.