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Sunday, 9 October 2011


Kaf·fir also Kaf·ir (kfr)
n. pl. Kaffir or Kaf·firs also Kafir or Kaf·irs
1. Offensive
a. A Xhosa.
b. often kaffir Used especially in southern Africa as a disparaging term for a Black person.
2. Kafir A Nuristani.
3. also kaffir Islam An infidel source


This is a continuation of my last blog which focused on Lord Lugard

Today is the turn of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948). He is known as 'Mahatma' (great soul), Gandhi was the leader of the Indian nationalist movement against British rule, and is widely considered the father of his country. His doctrine of non-violent protest to achieve political and social progress has been hugely influential. After university, he went to London to train as a barrister. He returned to India in 1891 and in 1893 accepted a job at an Indian law firm in Durban, South Africa. Gandhi was appalled by the treatment of Indian immigrants there, and joined the struggle to obtain basic rights for them. During his 20 years in South Africa he was sent to prison many times. Source BBC

I will stop there as I am more interested in Gandhi and South African Blacks: Gandhi wrote extensively about his experiences with the blacks of South Africa. He always termed them “Kaffirs” (refer to first paragraph on this blog) and his writings reveal a deep-seated disdain for these African natives Here are a few of his quotes along with their sources.

“A general belief seems to prevail in the colony that the Indians are little better, if at all, than the savages or 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.” (Reference: The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi, Government of India (CWMG), Vol I, p. 150)

Regarding forcible registration with the state of blacks: “One can understand the necessity for registration of Kaffirs who will not work.” (Reference: CWMG, Vol I, p. 105)

May 22, 1906
“It was a gross injustice to seek to place Indians in the same class as the Kaffirs.” ~ Vol. V, p. 226

“Why, of all places in Johannesburg, the Indian Location should be chosen for dumping down all the Kaffirs of the town passes my comprehension…the Town Council must withdraw the Kaffirs from the Location.” (Reference: CWMG, Vol I, pp. 244-245)

His description of black inmates: “Only a degree removed from the animal.” Also, “Kaffirs are as a rule uncivilized - the convicts even more so. They are troublesome, very dirty and live almost like animals.” - Mar. 7, 1908 (Reference: CWMG, Vol VIII, pp. 135-136)

The Durban Post Office: One of Gandhi’s major “achievements” in South Africa was to promote racial segregation by refusing to share a post office door with the black natives.

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

I will stop here, see more here, at your leisure

To conclude I will write the same words as I used in the first paragraph of part one;
In primary school it was part of the school curriculum to teach us about great leaders of our past. However as an adult I did some more research on these 'Great Leaders' and what i found out certainly was not part of the school curriculum.

Just saying...
Thanks for reading through...


HoneyDame said...

Can some say hogwash. What we are being thought is school is akin to brainwashing. No wonder the real world uses little or nothing from the knowledge we gain in school. Kudos to you for finding that out. For me, personally, I wasnt just interested in their persons. But now, I am even less interested..all that ego and superiority complex...kmt

Mimi B said...

I am completely appaled. Not to mention disgusted. The man was a raging racist, and ye he is being hailed as a 'great' man. Right.

Ginger said...

Gandhi et tu? Words fail me.

Anonymous said...

Never cared for ghandi. He's like every white ass-kissing indian out there who's aim in life is to get white or die trying. By the way, i think africans should accept the fact that we can't change the past but we can most definately change the future. The reason why blacks outside of africa are disrespected is because Africa is a mess. I think each and everyone of us should start making little changes around us. Like i always say, just because the government has failed us doesn't mean we should fail ourselves. The more individual change we effect the more powerless we make the government and the more powerless the government feels the higher our chances of a revolution. Almost every successful nation fought blood, sweat and tears to get where they are. No pain, no gain. We need to volunteer our spare time to encouraging education. We need to see more of WE and less of I. We need to teach our children to love to give back. We don't need the foreigners to do any 'goodwill' when we have ample amount of people for that. We have to learn to sacrifice.


R4 said...

Nothing has changed from the Indian mindset of the time of racist Gandhi and the Indians of today. The difference is the law supported the racist mindset of Gandhi, but not now. If the law now was same as the time of Gandhi, the Indians of today would remain to the black race as the times Gandhi. Remember they still have their own caste / class system that is based on skin colour - the darker your skin, the more you are discriminated against.

Anonymous said...

Mena, i was thinking. What do you say we organise meet-ups for things like positive thinking. Look at natural headed women who've started doing meet-ups and has grown into a monthly thing where women encourage each other and give tips. We could do that but for positive talks and change. You could talk to someone like Linda to use her influence to get people interested. Just a thought. Talk


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Chizy K said...

This makes me even more black and proud and whoever thinks am a lowwer class because am black you better think

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