Between 1596 and 1829, the Dutch enslaved nearly half a million Africans across the Atlantic to Europeans. This nascent system was the basis for the nearly 300 years of slavery as we know it today, and the Dutch are now feeling remorse.
recent bloomberg report The country’s government plans to publicly apologize as well as acknowledge its key role in the slave trade. It is said that it will be launched.
The fund is said to be worth as much as €200 million ($204 million).
It follows a social justice uprising by the Black Lives Matter movement, a US-born but globally influential organization. While European countries such as Germany and the UK have racked up funds for their violent role in suppressing protests in Namibia and Kenya, the Netherlands is the first country to publicly recognize and compensate for slavery.
Outside Europe, there is a growing movement to address the economic legacy of slavery and imperialism in the form of reparations. Meanwhile, Canada has agreed to make her C$40 billion compensation to First Nations children separated from their families. Australia and New Zealand have also announced plans to repair broken ties with indigenous peoples. Unfortunately, the US has not announced any concrete plans.
European Central Bank Governing Council member Klaas Nott, who is also the governor of the Dutch Central Bank, recently apologized.
“On behalf of De Nederlandsche Bank, I admit that many of my predecessors viewed people as mere commodities,” said Knot. “Many defended the existence and extension of slavery and then ignored the effects of slavery for a long time.”
https://www.essence.com/news/money-career/dutch-apology-slavery-fund/ The Dutch government plans a fund to apologize for its key role in the Atlantic slave trade. Will the US be next?