Re­move ‘Asian’ from all monikers?

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - DALE LOW­DER­MILK Santa Bar­bara, Calif.

On May 5, Min­nesota law­mak­ers ap­proved state Sen. John Hoff­man’s bill to change the name of a fish from “Asian carp” to “in­va­sive carp.” Mr. Hoff­man said some peo­ple of Asian des­cent have com­plained about the name. Since Asian carp were in­tro­duced in the United States in the 1970s, the fish have spread to dozens of states, caus­ing de­struc­tion in the del­i­cate ecosys­tems of the wa­ter­ways.

I would like to sug­gest that “Asian flu” is an also of­fen­sive term. The new name should be changed to “IMYFT flu” (It Makes You Feel Ter­ri­ble flu). Af­ter all, if it’s worth do­ing, it’s worth over­do­ing.

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