The NAACP and PETa made a joint announcement this morning they are launching a campaign and lawsuit to have the name Black Bear changed to avoid racial overtones.
NAACP President Nate Greer announced in a press conference Monday morning the NAACP has decided to act on complaints stemming from the name ‘Black Bear’ and seeks to have the name changed to something non-offensive.
Greer mentioned that Redskin Native Americans had several names for the bears, however, white Europeans referred to them in the crudest, short-hand, name possible, ‘Black Bears.’
PETa Chairperson Tracy Pulmaphinger pointed out, “Many of the bears are not even black but actually more like a burnt cinnamon color. I like cinnamon! Especially in my Grande Double Latte Frapacchino at Starbucks!”
“We feel that ‘Black Bear’ is a racial slur.” Greer continued, noticeably annoyed by the interruption, “Polar bears are not called ‘white bears’ although, that would be fitting. They are the most racist of all bears. But why should any animal be referenced or labeled by its color? Animals are just as diverse and multilayered as people are!”
Because the bears are found exclusively in North America, the NAACP is asking that the name be changed to ‘North American Bear’.
“We need to be more racially sensitive and stop labeling things by their color, particularly living creatures. Children are learning about bears in school and what they are being taught is to brand things by their color. That is wrong. If we are ever going to end racism we have to eradicate it where ever it’s found.”
The NAACP is calling for October to be Animal Discrimination Awareness Month. The purpose of this month is to increase awareness of the problem. Posters and calendars will be sold featuring the bear and bringing attention to its plight.
Remember, everyone! Black Bears Matter!