|"Gypsy" is a slur, deal with it|
|Last Edit: Singapore/Fling 04:38 pm EDT 07/15/21|
|Posted by: Singapore/Fling 04:38 pm EDT 07/15/21|
|In reply to: Will it be called the Legacy Moth? - TheHarveyBoy 08:14 am EDT 07/15/21|
|From the article you link to:
"The Romani people, long persecuted and discriminated against in Europe, consider the word "gypsy" a slur, and entomologists have decided it should not be in the name of an invasive insect species. The Entomological Society of America says it is dropping the name "gypsy moth" for the voracious species and it suggests people use the scientific name Lymantria dispar, or L. Dispar, until a new name is chosen, the Detroit Free Press reports. "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, per the AP. "Second, nobody wants to be associated with a harmful invasive pest." The society hopes to have a new name by the end of this year."
The past is that past and no one wants to go into the previous century and debate the usage of this word in that time and place, despite the mocking posts that you and others keep writing. But non-Romani people now recognize that this word is a slur and its usage is hateful. You can no longer claim to be ignorant of this fact, so why continue to defend its usage?
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