The world’s largest organization of insect experts, the Entomological Society of America, will rename two insects: the Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar) and the Gypsy Ant (Aphaenogaster araneoides), as they consider these names offensive … Reported on Saturday, July 10, NPR…
“Words matter, and how we call someone matters. The use of the former name Lymantria dispar has really hurt the Roma people, ”said Chris Stelzig, CEO of the organization.
According to the material, the Roma, or Roma, are the largest ethnic minority in Europe and face discrimination. The very word “gypsy” is considered a derogatory term.
It is noted that the request for a name change was received back in 2020, however report The United States Entomologists’ Association of the final decision was published in July.
It says experts are working to ensure that all common insect names meet “standards for diversity, fairness and inclusiveness.”
According to NPR, the organization will gather a group of volunteers in the future to come up with a new name for the insects.
The moth Lymantria dispar is a species alien to North America that is considered harmful to the continent’s forests. Because of the problems created by these insects, they were compared to the gypsies, who were treated negatively in the United States for a long time.
Aphaenogaster araneoides build several nests, but live in only one. For his love of wandering, biology professor Terry McGlynn of California State University suggested a name related to the gypsies.
Earlier in the day, it was reported that the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) had brought charges against the Hungarian Football Federation for violating Art. 14 (2) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations on Racism and Other Discriminatory Practices.
The sanctions were applied to the team due to the behavior of the fans at the matches of the Euro 2020 group stage. During the game with France, Hungarian fans imitated the sounds of monkeys addressed to Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante.