Bill banning "Asian carp" advances; Asian leaders say term is offensive

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DNR
This fella is invasive, not Asian, the author of the bill says.
Yesterday, the Senate Environment and Energy Committee unanimously voted to ban the term "Asian carp" from Minnesota statute. The bill now advances to the Senate floor.

The vote came after testimony by two Asian leaders who characterized the term "Asian carp" as offensive and racist.

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"The commissioner of natural resources shall not propose laws to the legislature that contain the term 'Asian carp,'" the bill says. "The commissioner shall use the term 'invasive carp' or refer to the specific species in any proposed laws, rules, or official documents when referring to carp species that are not naturalized to the waters of this state."

During testimony, Sia Her, executive director of the Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans, said, "The response to this species has been and we believe will continue to be overwhelmingly negative, and thus we feel reflects very negatively on our community of Asian Americans."

Her's sentiment was echoed by Jean Lee, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of Children's Hope International.

Using the term in statute and state-produced materials is tantamount to "using government agencies to promote racist and government attacks on people as a race," Lee said.

Lee said she recently saw a Minnesota Department of Agriculture-produced poster at the airport that exemplified her concerns.

"It said 'Wanted, Dead or Alive' -- in big letters it said 'Asian,' [and] in small letters it said 'carp,'" Lee said. "The message was very clear."
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Sen. Hoffman

The bill's chief author is Sen. John Hoffman, D-Champlin.

"Why would we voluntarily nickname an invasive species after a group of new and important citizens and a continent representing their homeland?" Hoffman asked.

"It's not going to be a part of Minnesota statute," Hoffman continued. "It's [in] one statute at this point and this changes that."

Hoffman said the DNR has no objections to the bill.

"The problem is [the fish are] invasive, not Asian," Hoffman said. "It's kinda like the word 'handicapped' -- we don't use that anymore."

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meadvilledave
meadvilledave

Roflmao! Now every time I go to the John and take a piss or shit I will think of John Hoffman the Turdboy! Hoffman should be voted out! Well off to eat supper, Tonight is Asian Carp coated with crushed Redskinned Spanish Peanuts and French Fries on the side, washed down with a cup of Black Coffee. Yum! : )

paulcon42
paulcon42

I served in asis & lived there a a contractor. I love asis. If I was in better health I would return for a long term visit.

  But The political correct freaks can take their over sensitive feelings and toss them in the gold fish bowl with the fish poopie>>>>>>>>

jazzbo13
jazzbo13

This was xposted from The Onion. Right?

sosmpls
sosmpls

Don't think we'll be sayin' sayonara to the Asian Carp anytime soon.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

I find it offensive that last night on Pardon the Interruption (ESPN show) Jason Whitlock (who I consider a racist ass).....called Koby Bryant an African American while mentioning he was born in Italy. 


If you are born in America you are American. This crap needs to stop. 


Aren't asian carps from China? Do we change the name of Indian carp and bighead carp too? Can the local govt please try to find important issues to fix so we get real change. These low hanging fruit changes do little to help the average Minnesotan. 

Greta von Otto
Greta von Otto

If this doesn't show what a bunch of cretins Mn. liberals are, nothing will!

Dan Lemke
Dan Lemke

And they may come from Asia, but it's the American idiots whom imported the fish here for their Koi ponds and then couldn't afford to keep them up, so they released them into our waterways.

Dan Lemke
Dan Lemke

City Pages have you nothing of substance to report on?

Dan Lemke
Dan Lemke

Derrick Schluck I couldn't agree more!

ddowning281
ddowning281

I don't get it ,the Asians are the only ones keeping these things,if the shoe fits.

Joel Bednarchuk
Joel Bednarchuk

I'm thinking if the fish were helping out our local ecosystem the term Asian carp probably wouldn't offend anyone

Casey Proza
Casey Proza

hmmm, i assumed the fish was from asia.

Mackenzie Denny
Mackenzie Denny

EVERYTHING is offensive?... Cheeseburger... oh my god you're right! XD

Heather Gilsrud
Heather Gilsrud

Meh, call it either, I don't care. People will get used to it eventually if it does change. I'm from the south, and the generations before me had a very offensive name for Brazil Nuts. When people said it, no one meant to be offensive, it's just, "what it was called!," as Mom said. But I've never known them as anything but Brazil Nuts, so it is just as effective and no longer offensive.

James Cox
James Cox

hell lets call it what it is lose the pc noncence

Aaron Frederickson
Aaron Frederickson

I am offended a species of fish is called "northern pike." Can we change that name too?

Daniel Kormick
Daniel Kormick

call them white carp I can bet you nobody would call that offensive.at least we would know what you are refering to as all carp are considered Invasive. .. . there is white rice , white american cheese.. even crackers.. they are from asia whats the problem. ?

Jeffrey Peterson
Jeffrey Peterson

And its already to late. Chicago fucked this one up! Them and their stupid electric nets. There already in Minnesota

Jeffrey Peterson
Jeffrey Peterson

First of all, fuck off! This is offensive! The only people who don't find this offense are white people, because they come up with these names. Same with oriental ramen, thats offensive and yet another white person invented that. sorry white people looks like your going to be the minority in a generation. The we can call them saltine carp or white trash ramen! Why not call German food Hitler food? Instead of potato chips they should call them the USA kills people chips, or we like to fuck with other countries chips. If you don't think this is racist your watching to my fox tv

Derrick Schluck
Derrick Schluck

Who gives a bleep what they are called. Find a way to keep them out of the Great Lakes and our local rivers and lakes if we ever want to enjoy them again.

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

We live in a society of sissies!! Asians talk funny, blacks love chicken wings (I know because I worked at a pizza place), Mexicans drive mini vans or Tahoes, Rednecks are mentally slow, white city folks are helpless children, and gays are drama queens! There I said the truth now go cry to your moms all you dumb effers!

Sue Kennedy
Sue Kennedy

Good grief. Our taxes are paying to have this discussed?! That makes me angry. If this is all legislators have to do, let's cut their pay and send them home for lack of work.

Kelly Ryan
Kelly Ryan

The Asian beetle now an invasive beetle?

Kirk Burback
Kirk Burback

Aaron, why did you fail to point out all of the 5 authors of this and the house companion bills are all Democrats? SF 2806 Hoffman; Schmit; Hawj; Marty HF 3232 Fischer Of course, Senator Foung Hawj is Asian. So dumb…and this shows group of the democrats in the Senate are partially retarded and 100% statists. Looks as if they are determined to control your every move even your language. Unfortunately their constituents are not much brighter, so they will vote for them again.

bobob1916
bobob1916

The image of a leprechaun and the nickname fighting Irish is extremely offensive.  Where will it end?

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

The campaign for the eradication of German Measles is offensive to me

Dave Westphall
Dave Westphall

I see the always available activists are thawing out. What other trash we will find as the snowbanks melt????

David Olson
David Olson

We're not talkin about the guy who built the fuckin railroad maaan!

Ben Horn
Ben Horn

Mike Horn these are not the fish who built the rail roads

Kipper Kremin
Kipper Kremin

The common carp is also an introduced species, originally from asia. "Common folks" should be offended by that name.

Tim T Praxaya
Tim T Praxaya

Hillbilly mistake fish. Better name! Because it was caused by a catfish farmer in the south! A White guy hahaha!

Tony
Tony

What a waste of time.

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

Keep your Asian bullshit out of our country and this won't be an issue.

meadvilledave
meadvilledave

You don't even know your facts you Mentally Handicapped person. You are a Liar. I'm so glad your not American! Where ever you're from, please stay there scum!

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

If we changed the name of everything American's ruined we would have very little left. 

meadvilledave
meadvilledave

You have Peter in your last name meaning you are a true dick!lmao!oh sorry maybe we better outlaw the name then people won't hurt your vagina! : )

paulcon42
paulcon42

We have improved quite a lot of things. Invented more than anyone else.

Tell me. What have we ruined?

Go Redskins.

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