The racist Gandhi
you didn't know
Addressing a public meeting in Bombay on Sept.
26 1896, Gandhi said:
"Ours is one continued struggle against degradation
sought to be inflicted upon us by the European, 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
On 7 March 1908, Gandhi wrote in the Indian Opinion
of his time in a South African prison:
"Kaffirs are as a rule uncivilised - the convicts
even more so. They are troublesome, very dirty and live almost
Writing on the subject of immigration in 1903,
"We believe as much in the purity of race as
we think they do... We believe also that the white race in South
Africa should be the predominating race."
During his time in South Africa, Gandhi protested
repeatedly about the social classification of blacks with Indians,
who he described as "undoubtedly infinitely superior
to the Kaffirs".