The Asian carp was given a new name because the old was considered racist. The New York Post reports that the change was initiated by the American Institute for Fish and Wildlife to avoid the use of words that have negative connotations with Asian culture and people.
Critics of the move believe it could cause even more problems.
In April, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service renamed it “Asian Corp.” “We wanted to stay away from any word that casts a negative light on Asian culture and people,” said Charlie Woolley, director of the Great Lakes Regional Office.
The state of Minnesota stopped using the term “Asian Corp” four years ago, and a group called the Regional Asian Corp Coordinating Committee plans to do so from August 2.
The NY Post reports that the news of the name change sparked humorous reactions on social media. “Black coffee comes next”, then “Chinese food, Mexican food, white lies, brown sugar and the like.” – Written by one of the Twitter users.
Many surfers noted the fact that the name “Asian Corp” was brought from China to the United States to maintain pools before it spread to rivers.
Another invasive species – the gypsy moth – was recently renamed by the American Entomological Society because its name is considered a racial slur by some Roma. Gypsy moth caterpillars have invaded northern New York this year, leaving forests and surrounding courtyards without leaves in caterpillar droplets.