Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop
your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not
to surrender, that is strength.
—  Gandhi

i get what y'all are doing with revealing the ugly truths about Ghandi etc etc and absolutely these revered nationalist usually male heroes should be knocked off their pedestals but i feel like the lesson should be “No Ghandi wasn’t perfect and here’s xyz reasons proving that he’s not perfect BUT he still contributed these other things and because of a complex variety of historical, political and cultural reasons he’s enshrined in our cultural landscape which goes to show how complicated this whole social justice thing is and how much we all have to learn” but instead everyone’s just cheering on like some kind of historical, your-fave-is-problematic witch hunt that just contributes to this toxic, gleeful investment we seem to have in tearing people and ideologies down without examining context, nuance or historical realities like fuck even people like Gloria Anzaldua and Audre Lorde did and said and wrote problematic shit but im not gonna burn my copies of La Frontera and Sister Outsider just so i can meet some unrealistic gold star standard of ideological purity like can we all just take a breath and figure out what we want to build instead of what’s pleasurable to destroy idk

the Nobel Committee did not award the Nobel Peace Prize in 1948 because “there was no suitable living candidate.” This was widely meant and understood as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, who was assassinated earlier that year. He had never received the Nobel Peace Prize.