After an incident this year involving a white woman calling the police on a Black birder in Central Park, the AOS and other environmental organizations are reexamining their past and current practices that may foster racism, either implicitly or explicitly.

In July, the AOS stated that uses of “harmful” English names “unfairly demand tolerance from already marginalized people, creating an unnecessary barrier to the field of ornithology with clear downstream effects felt at multiple levels of our ornithological community.”

While the Audubon Society and the Sierra Club have confronted the racist histories of their founders, a global reckoning is occurring regarding how names and symbols themselves can offend and alienate groups of people.

Names of sports teams, food items, music groups, and celestial bodies have been changed in an effort to root out traces of colonialism and racism that were conveyed through their original names.

Read more about the removal of Confederate symbols and statues around the country and our coverage of the fight for racial justice.

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