This is a guest post by environmental analyst R.J. Smith, in response to the Washington Post article “The Racist Legacy Many Birds Carry,” which reports that many birds are named after racists. (See the summary on this site.)
Yes, I’ve seen a lot of this hysterical madness. Soon they’’ll have to get rid of all the blackbirds. The American Black Duck, Black Scoter, Black Albatross, Black Storm-Petrel, Black Rail, Black Tern, Black Noddy, Black Oystercatcher, Black Turnstone, Black Guillemot, Black Vulture, Common Black-Hawk, Black Swift, Black Phoebe, etc., etc. Then there are five species of blackbirds and one more in Puerto Rico. And what about all the partially black birds? The Black-capped Chickadee? Lots of them.
And of course the Australian Black Swan. We can’t permit any more Black Swan events.