cloudyn.png
Saturday January 22nd, 2022 1:34AM

Dutch king won't use carriage criticized for colonial image

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch king ruled out Thursday using, for now at least, the royal family's “Golden Carriage,” one side of which bears a painting that critics say glorifies the Netherlands' colonial past, including its role in the global slave trade.

The announcement was an acknowledgement of the heated debate about the carriage as the Netherlands reckons with the grim sides of its history as a 17th-century colonial superpower, including Dutch merchants making vast fortunes from slaves.

“The Golden Carriage will only be able to drive again when the Netherlands is ready and that is not the case now,” King Willem-Alexander said in a video message.

One side of the vehicle is decorated with a painting called “Tribute from the Colonies” that shows Black and Asian people, one of them kneeling, offering goods to a seated young white woman who symbolizes the Netherlands.

The carriage is currently on display in an Amsterdam museum following a lengthy restoration. In the past it has been used to carry Dutch monarchs through the streets of The Hague to the state opening of Parliament each September.

“There is no point in condemning and disqualifying what has happened through the lens of our time,” the king said. “Simply banning historical objects and symbols is certainly not a solution either. Instead, a concerted effort is needed that goes deeper and takes longer. An effort that unites us instead of divides us.”

Anti-racism activist and co-founder of The Black Archives in Amsterdam, Mitchell Esajas, called the king's statement "a good sign,” but also the “bare minimum” the monarch could have said.

“He says the past should not be looked at from the perspective and values of the present ... and I think that’s a fallacy because also in the historical context slavery can be seen as a crime against humanity and a violent system," he said. "I think that argument is often used as an excuse to kind of polish away the violent history of it.”

The Netherlands, along with many other nations, has been revisiting its colonial history in a process spurred by the Black Lives Matter movement that swept the world after the death of Black man George Floyd in the United States.

Last year, the country's national museum, the Rijksmuseum, staged a major exhibition that took an unflinching look at the country's role in the slave trade, and Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema apologized for the extensive involvement of the Dutch capital’s former governors in the trade.

Halsema said she wanted to “engrave the great injustice of colonial slavery into our city’s identity.”

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP National News, Top General short headlines, AP Entertainment, AP Business, AP Business - Economy
© Copyright 2022 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Djokovic in Australian Open draw as visa saga continues
Novak Djokovic has remained in limbo even after he was included in the draw for the Australian Open, with the tennis star still awaiting a government decision on whether to deport him for not being vaccinated for COVID-19
10:21AM ( 57 seconds ago )
Shaun White all but wraps up spot in his 5th Olympics
Shaun White all but wrapped up a spot in his fifth Olympics on Thursday when he qualified for the finals of a contest in Switzerland and his nearest American pursuer failed to move on
10:11AM ( 10 minutes ago )
Israel probes death of elderly Palestinian who was detained
Israel is investigating after an 80-year-old Palestinian with U.S. citizenship died of a heart attack after being detained by Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank
10:06AM ( 16 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Thousands of federal inmates to be released under 2018 law
The Justice Department will begin transferring thousands of inmates out of federal prisons this week as part of a sweeping criminal justice overhaul signed by President Donald Trump more than three years ago
9:11AM ( 1 hour ago )
UK ministers rally around embattled Boris Johnson, for now
Senior British government ministers have expressed support for Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson and rejected demands he resign for attending a garden party during the country’s first coronavirus lockdown
9:08AM ( 1 hour ago )
China faces omicron test weeks ahead of Beijing Olympics
Most access to a major city adjacent to Beijing was suspended Thursday as China tried to contain an outbreak of a highly contagious coronavirus variant
8:59AM ( 1 hour ago )
AP National News
German court: Syrian man guilty of crimes against humanity
A former Syrian secret police officer was convicted by a German court Thursday of crimes against humanity for overseeing the abuse of detainees at a jail near Damascus a decade ago
6:08AM ( 4 hours ago )
Biden highlighting federal 'surge' to help weather omicron
President Joe Biden is highlighting the federal government’s efforts to “surge” medical personnel to help overwhelmed medical facilities
5:37AM ( 4 hours ago )
EXPLAINER: How will Australian visa ruling impact Djokovic?
As Novak Djokovic awaits a final decision on whether his visa will be revoked, all eyes have turned to Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke
4:26AM ( 5 hours ago )
Top General short headlines
Wholesale prices jumped a record 9.7% in 2021
Prices at the wholesale level surged by a record 9.7% for all of 2021, setting an annual record and providing further evidence that inflation is still present at all levels of the U.S. economy
9:37AM ( 45 minutes ago )
Texts, pictures lead to 1st doping case under new US law
A doctor in Texas became the first person to be charged under a landmark U.S. law designed to add legal accountability to a global anti-doping system that has long struggled to regulate himself
9:30AM ( 52 minutes ago )
EU rejects merger of SKorean shipbuilders Daewoo, Hyundai
The European Union has rejected the merger between South Korean shipbuilders Hyundai and Daewoo
9:01AM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Business
India, Britain launch talks on free trade deal
India and Britain have launched talks on a free trade deal that is expected to boost bilateral trade by billions of dollars in one of the most ambitious negotiations after Brexit
7:48AM ( 2 hours ago )
India, Britain launch talks on free trade deal
India and Britain have formally launched talks to pursue a free trade deal that is expected to boost their trade by billions, making it one of the most ambitious negotiations to take place after Brexit
6:25AM ( 3 hours ago )
World stocks retreat as inflation augurs Fed rate hikes
Shares are mostly lower in Europe and Asia after the latest report of surging prices in the U.S. appeared to keep the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates in coming months
4:30AM ( 5 hours ago )
AP Business - Economy
Djokovic in Australian Open draw as visa saga continues
Novak Djokovic has remained in limbo even after he was included in the draw for the Australian Open, with the tennis star still awaiting a government decision on whether to deport him for not being vaccinated for COVID-19
10:21AM ( 57 seconds ago )
Shaun White all but wraps up spot in his 5th Olympics
Shaun White all but wrapped up a spot in his fifth Olympics on Thursday when he qualified for the finals of a contest in Switzerland and his nearest American pursuer failed to move on
10:11AM ( 10 minutes ago )
Stocks open a bit higher on Wall Street, still down for year
Stocks are opening modestly higher on Wall Street, potentially setting the S&P 500 up for a third gain in a row after what has been a weak start to the year
9:46AM ( 36 minutes ago )
Latvia, Lithuania, Poland rapped over Belarus border methods
Senior U.N. refugee agency and European Union officials are accusing Latvia, Lithuania and Poland of using questionable methods to keep out migrants trying to enter from Belarus
9:44AM ( 38 minutes ago )
Costa Concordia is gone, but horror lingers 10 years later
Italy has paid tribute to the 32 victims of the Costa Concordia shipwreck on the 10th anniversary of the disaster
9:41AM ( 41 minutes ago )