> AMSTERDAM — The Rijksmuseum is in the process of removing language
> that could be considered offensive from digitized titles and
> descriptions of some 220,000 artworks in its collection. Words that
> Europeans once routinely used to describe other cultures or peoples,
> like "negro," "Indian" or "dwarf" will be replaced with less racially
> charged terminology.
> "The point is not to use names given by whites to others," Martine
> Gosselink, head of the history department at the Rijksmuseum, who
> initiated the project, said Thursday. For example, she said, "We Dutch
> are called kaas kops, or cheeseheads, sometimes, and we wouldn't like
> it if we went to a museum in another country and saw descriptions of
> images of us as 'kaas kop woman with kaas kop child,' and that's
> exactly the same as what's happening here."
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