If you had “rename a fish because it’s name might now be racist” on your list of things to do in 2021, then you’re way ahead of the game!
This story features the Asian Carp fish and how The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service quietly changed its designation to a new name, the ‘invasive carp.’
To give you some information on the fish, before going into the story of how the Asian Carp got its new name, you should know where the fish actually comes from.
As seen on a GOVERNMENT pdf file, the Asian Carp literally comes from Asia. This means the name is really not racist, but probably the most accurate description anyone could give the fish.
It’s a carp. It comes from Asia. We call it the Asian Carp.
See here where FWS.gov tells us all about the fish:
So what’s the big deal and why did they want to rename the Asian Carp, who’s just swimming around living their best life as a fish?
Well, because nowadays, everything is racist.
AP ran a story on the Asian Carp being renamed and part of their report stated the following, which explains the push for the rename:
Minnesota state Sen. Foung Hawj was never a fan of the “Asian carp” label commonly applied to four imported fish species that are wreaking havoc in the U.S. heartland, infesting numerous rivers and bearing down on the Great Lakes.
But the last straw came when an Asian business delegation arriving at the Minneapolis airport encountered a sign reading “Kill Asian Carp.” It was a well-intentioned plea to prevent spread of the invasive fish. But the message was off-putting to the visitors.
The fish is invasive, like the Spotted Lanternflies that people in the media were telling us to squish.
Perhaps the sign saying “Kill Asian Carp” is off-putting, sure – but one can simply reword the sign or take it down. There’s no need to change the name of a fish.
When you call it an “invasive carp” that’s actually worse because now you don’t know what exact carp they’re talking about. That might make things more difficult when trying to identify the fish and deal with it being so invasive.
AP’s report continued:
Hawj and fellow Sen. John Hoffman in 2014 won approval of a measure requiring that Minnesota agencies refer to the fish as “invasive carp,” despite backlash from the late radio commentator Rush Limbaugh, who ridiculed it as political correctness.
Now some other government agencies are taking the same step in the wake of anti-Asian hate crimes that surged during the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service quietly changed its designation to “invasive carp” in April.
“We wanted to move away from any terms that cast Asian culture and people in a negative light,” said Charlie Wooley, director of its Great Lakes regional office.
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, he said.
Sorry, but this is ridiculous. I have never once associated a fish with people. Not even when watching the movie Aquaman or Little Mermaid. I don’t think anyone with a working brain is out there in real life thinking bad things about Asian culture because of an invasive fish.
The world is not that crazy, but the people coming up with these reasons to change names of fish just might be.
Here’s a video from 2013 showing invasive Asian carp and how/why they were introduced, then what happened to cause the ‘invasion’ – even leading to a woman having her jaw broken: