Black Lives Matter Protesters in Britain are demanding a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Leicester be removed.
A petition to remove the statue of the independence leader of India, which targets him for “well-documented anti-black racism,” has received almost 5,000 signatures, according to the New York Post.
Although Gandhi is remembered for leading the India in nonviolent resistance against British colonialism, Gandhi held openly critical views of black Africans during his brief stay in South Africa.
“Gandhi too was an imperfect human being, [but] imperfect Gandhi was more radical and progressive than most contemporary compatriots,” Faisal Devji, an Indian history professor at Oxford University, said.
The push to expel Gandhi comes as Black Lives Matter fights have spread over the globe, where statues and structures have been vandalized and decimated.
“[Gandhi] is a fallible man as all men are, but to lump him in with slave owners, that’s a bit much,” Devji said.