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Finally, after years of oppression, Asian carp (yes, the fish) can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Following the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s lead, The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee announced that they will now refer to Asian carp as “invasive carp.” Hook, Line, Sinker.
— FOX 2 Detroit (@FOX2News) July 15, 2021
Though the Asian carp moniker hadn’t been a problem (or even a thought) for the past 60 + years, Charlie Wooley, a regional director of The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, clearly felt triggered by the name. “We wanted to move away from any terms that cast Asian culture and people in a negative light,” said Wooley, per ABC7 News.
Amongst those pushing for the name to be changed was Minnesota state senator Foung Hawj, who considered “Asian carp” to be offensive and even racist. ABC7 News reported that Hawj received applause at an Asian-American conference when it was announced that the fish would be gifted a new name. “It’s a nuisance, a small thing, but it can resonate greatly,” Hawj said.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was the first to designate the species “invasive carp,” doing so in April. The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee are expected to make the name change official in early August.
Don’t be surprised if by early fall, your local Japanese steakhouse, Italian restaurant and Greek Festival are referred to as the steakhouse, restaurant and festival.
Asian carp were unable to comment on the name change (or systematic racism) because they are f—‘n fish!