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Among the icons with racist views that I have cited in the book, there are two who stood out because their views on race will come as a surprise to millions of people who still love them.The first one is Mahatma Gandhi.Mahatma Gandhi is a leaderMoreAmong the icons with racist views that I have cited in the book, there are two who stood out because their views on race will come as a surprise to millions of people who still love them.The first one is Mahatma Gandhi.Mahatma Gandhi is a leader who is celebrated around the world as an icon of tolerance and peace and who is a hero to many political leaders, including President Obama. Statues of him are erected all over the globe. However, his writings show that he was a racist.He once said that “We believe also that the white race of South Africa should be the predominating race.” He referred to South African black natives as kaffirs, a pejorative South African term for blacks which is equivalent to the ‘n’ word. At a public meeting in Bombay on September 26, 1896, He talked about the Indian struggle in South Africa and 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 and unclothedness.The second one is John Wayne.Known as Duke, by millions of his loyal fans, John Wayne was an Academy Award winner who is still celebrated all over the world. He was a top box office draw for decades. From the John Wayne Performing Arts, to his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, he has been honored countless of times.However, this is the same John Wayne who discussed race in Playboy magazine in May 1971 and said, “I believe in white supremacy until blacks are educated to a point of responsibility.”Additionally, when he was asked about promoting diversity in Hollywood, he said, “I’ve directed two pictures and I gave the blacks their proper position. I had a black slave in The Alamo, and I had a correct number of blacks in The Green Berets. If its supposed to be a black character, naturally I use a black actor. But I dont go so far as hunting for positions for them.I hope you download the book to learn more about the racial views of these icons. Don’t forget to tell other people about the book. They might learn a thing or two about some of the icons that they adore.