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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Gustavus Adolphus College renames arboretum, citing racist views of 18th-century honoree

scheduled tribe. Peter, Min. – A private college in Minnesota has renamed its arboretum, which honors an 18th-century Swedish botanist that has been criticized as now seen as racist, school officials said Tuesday .

Carl Linnaeus (Public domain image via Wikimedia Commons)

The popular greenspace at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter’s, about 70 miles south of the Twin Cities, has been known as the “Linnaeus Arboretum” since 1988. This recognized Carl Linnaeus, who popularized a system of classifying living things and dividing them. In the animal, plant and mineral kingdoms.

More recently, however, Linnaeus has been criticized for his 18th-century book “Sistema Naturae”, in which he classified four types of human beings, based primarily on skin color and geography, The science became the basis of racism.

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Scott Anderson, chairman of the college’s board of trustees, said, “The Gustavs have historically sought to create an inclusive and just community.” “In recent years, and in particular since the assassination of George Floyd, we have strengthened our efforts to bring attention to underrepresented voices and find that Linnaeus’s name and How painful is the inheritance.”

The 120-acre plot includes more than a dozen formal gardens and restored natural areas, which have been renamed “The Arboretum at Gustavus Adolphus College”.

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