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The portrait of Queen Elizabeth II will no longer hang at the key meeting point at Oxford University’s Magdalene College. After students voted to remove the photo due to concerns that it was a symbol of colonialism.
Education Minister Gavin Williamson vehemently criticized the move. by calling it “nonsense” and saying that the queen was “A symbol of the best things about the United Kingdom”
But graduate students who voted to bring a portrait from the college’s central conference room. which is the center of social life, said that in the eyes of some students “The portraits of the British monarch and royal family represent the latest colonial history,” according to the minutes of the meeting. from the discussion reported in the local media.
Dinah Rose, Chancellor of Magdalene College, said the decision on what to showcase in the shared lounge is up to the students. not of college She also noted that the students themselves had been buying the photos since 2013.
“Maybe they will vote again. Maybe not,” Rose said. Images will be kept safe.”
The vote to remove the photo came less than a week after The Guardian reported that at least until the late 1960s Buckingham Palace banned it. “Color immigrants or foreigners” from serving in the office The portrait at Magdalene College is reported to be from that era.
Rose, who herself graduated from Magdalene. became president of the college after working as a lawyer for a long time by working in areas such as human rights and public law She implied that she disagreed with the student’s position. Instead, she offered them a strong defense.
“Being a student is more than studying. It’s about exploring and arguing about ideas,” Rose said.
“Sometimes it provokes the older generation. It seems that nowadays it is not difficult to do.”
Removing the portrait sparked criticism and debate.
Indeed, the decision sparked allegations that a group of “woke” students effectively tried to dismiss the queen. British media also noted that Magdalen’s common lounge is now chaired by American Matthew Katzman.
Stronger criticism and even harassment are coming in other ways, Rose said, “So if you’re one of the people who sends obscene and intimidating messages to college staff, you’re going to have to do it. You might try to stop and ask yourself if that’s the best way to pay your respects to the Queen.”
Oxford University consists of dozens of semi-autonomous colleges, Magdalen on the old side, founded in 1458.
The communal living room of a college in England offers a wide range of activities. From daily amenities to formal dinners, the term “medium” is commonly used with graduate students. The term “middle room” or MCR is often used interchangeably to refer to the student himself and his or her location. rendezvous
Magdalen College’s MCR says it aims to be “Friendly and vibrant community”
In the recent unofficial mid-level college room rankings based on transparency and accountability, Magdalen’s MCR received the third highest score.
The controversy leaked onto Magdalen’s Facebook page, an unexpected turn of events. The college has been called the ongoing Summer Torpids – a rowing competition where eight boats try to capture rival boats and crash them.
Some critics of the portrait decision used a college post about the race to express their displeasure:
“I never thought I would be ashamed of such a great college that had been the center of learning for so many years,” one man wrote. “This tradition has been tarnished by a small group of thoughtful people.”
But another woman commented, “This is a post about boating. I won’t watch it because it’s not something I’ve ever really understood. and not for me I am not offended by this post. I wonder if there’s something wrong with me?”