Asian Carp Renamed Because of Racism?

The Asian carp is an invasive species that was brought to the United States in 1970 to eat the algae out f aquaculture ponds, the fish escaped these ponds and made their way into the Mississippi river and eventually the great lakes. The government has tried repeatedly to tackle this issue but new problems have come up, racism. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has renamed the fish to “invasive carp” as opposed to Asian carp. Strangely this is not the only creature to be renamed in recent history.

From The Daily Wire: 

Turns out Hawj’s feelings were shared by the wildlife service, which quietly changed the species name in April. “The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee, representing agencies in the U.S. and Canada that are trying to contain the carp, will do likewise Aug. 2,” Wooley told the AP.

Like the invasive carp, the Word Police are everywhere, swarming over language like gypsy moths. Wait, hang on, scratch that. Can’t call them that — it’s an “ethnic slur.” Earlier this month, the Entomological Society of America, which oversees the common names of insects, dropped the name for the moth, as well as the gypsy ant.

“It’s an ethnic slur to begin with that’s been rejected by the Romani people a long time ago,” society president Michelle S. Smith told the AP. “Second, nobody wants to be associated with a harmful invasive pest.”

“The society is taking a hard look at some of the more than 2,000 common insect names to remove derogatory and geographically inaccurate ones. About 20 years ago, a committee of fish experts renamed the jewfish into the goliath grouper,” the news agency reported.


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