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  • Racism lurks in names given to plants and animals. That’s starting to change

    https://www.sciencenews.org/article/...n-animal-names
    Racism lurks in names given to plants and animals. That’s starting to change
    Common names like ‘gypsy moth’ contain ethnic slurs perpetuating racist stereotypes

    By Jaime Chambers
    August 25, 2021 at 6:00 am

    With lemon and black plumage, the Scott’s oriole flashes in the desert like a flame. But the bird’s name holds a violent history that Stephen Hampton can’t forget. He used to see the orioles often, living in California. Now that he lives outside the bird’s range, “I’m kind of relieved,” he says.
    Hampton is a birder and registered citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Winfield Scott, a U.S. military commander and the bird’s namesake, drove Hampton’s ancestors and other Native Americans from their land in the 1800s during a series of forced marches now known as the Trail of Tears. The journey killed over 4,000 Cherokee, displacing as many as 100,000 people in the end.
    “So much of the Trail of Tears is already erased,” Hampton says. “There’s a few historical sites, but you’d have to be an archaeologist to figure out where the actual stockades were.” Linking Scott’s legacy to a bird “is just adding to the erasure by putting another layer over it.”...
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