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Entomologists to rename Gypsy Moth — It's offensive! …Are we woke enough yet?

 
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Entomologists to rename Gypsy Moth — It's offensive! …Are we woke enough yet?
Destructive gypsy moths getting new name to remove ethnic slur

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“It’s an ethnic slur to begin with that’s been rejected by the Romani people a long time ago,’’ said society president Michelle S. Smith. “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.

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The moths likely got their name because as larvae they have hair with small air pockets that act like balloons allowing them to float for miles, wandering like the group of people they were named after, Berenbaum said. Another theory is that male adult moths have a tan color that could be similar to Romani people.

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Insect Experts Will Change The Name Of The 'Gypsy Moth' And 'Gypsy Ant'

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"Words matter, and what we call something matters. And by using the former name for Lymantria dispar, it really was very hurtful to the Romani people," says Chris Stelzig, the executive director of the organization.

The Romani people, or Roma, are Europe's largest ethnic minority and face discrimination. "Gypsy" is considered a pejorative term.

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The name change is part of the organization's new initiative to take suggestions on common names that should be changed, to "help ensure that insect common names are respectful, inclusive, and descriptive of the insect," the ESA says.
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Re: Entomologists to rename Gypsy Moth — It's offensive! …Are we woke enough yet?
Egipto isn't a slur
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Pikey moth?
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Re: Entomologists to rename Gypsy Moth — It's offensive! …Are we woke enough yet?
They can remove everything that offends their egos, but that will never fix their blackened godless hearts…
I LOVE GOD AND CHRIST! <3

We’re all in the same game; just different levels
Dealing with the same hell; just different devils





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