(St. Peter, MN) -- The Board of Trustees at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter is removing the name of Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus (luh-NAY'-us) from its 125-acre campus arboretum because of his 18th-century writings that have been criticized as "scientific racism." Linnaeus is best known for popularizing a system for naming living things -- but many are now critical of how he classified and described the varieties of human beings. Board Chair Scott Anderson says especially since the murder of George Floyd, Gustavus has strengthened its efforts to pay attention to under-represented voices and "discovered how painful Linnaeus’ name and legacy are for some of our students and visitors."
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