Group says Gandhi racist, plans to protest statue

A group billing itself as the Organization for Minorities of India plans to protest today to demand the removal of the bronze statue of Mohandas Gandhi that has sat in the plaza behind the Ferry Building since 1988. […] the group – which says it was formed four years ago to publicize the oppression of Christians, Buddhists, Dalits, Muslims, Sikhs and other Indian minorities considered to be on the lowest rungs of the Hindu caste system – says Gandhi was a racist who harbored violent urges. Hidden message: A year after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office sent a coded veto message containing the f-bomb to San Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, the governor signed the latest version of the same bill last night – and included another hidden message. The assemblyman, angered that Schwarzenegger had cut social services, furloughed state workers and failed to act on gay-rights issues such as marriage equality, called Schwarzenegger a liar and shouted from the audience, “Kiss my gay ass.” The legislation will “effectuate my job creation priority and lead to much needed improvements in this area,” the last line of Schwarzenegger’s signing statement read.

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