A bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi erected in Davis Central Park, Davis, California, in 2016, was cut off at the ankles and its head was sawed in two recently. We, the members of the Peninsula Multifaith Coalition, do not know who did this or why but believe it should be investigated as a hate crime.
We are deeply saddened to hear of this despicable act. We condemn this cowardly desecration of a statue that stood as an icon for world nonviolence and peace, who inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.
Gandhi is a symbol of pride for millions of people who believe in nonviolent action. His approach directly influenced Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who argued that the Gandhian philosophy was ‘the only morally and practically sound method open to oppressed people in their struggle for freedom.
The attack came to light just two days before the anniversary of the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, on Jan. 30, 1948. We believe that this incident should not only be investigated as a hate crime but that the statue should be replaced.
The Rev. Jim Mitulski, interim pastor, Island United Church in Foster City
The letter writers are the co-presidents of the Peninsula Multifaith Coalition.