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Associated Press Sets New Guidelines for Writers to Capitalize ‘B’ in Black, but not ‘W’ in White

The AP has deemed that while the term "black" will continue to be capitalized when referencing the ethnic group, the term "white" will not.


In a “brave and stunning” new move, the AP has set forth new guidelines for writers in order to help fight racial inequality(?).

Henceforth, they will capitalize the term “black” when referencing the racial group, but continue to lowercase the term “white” in reference to race.

Attention everyone!  

Racism has been cured!

Okay, not so much…

Here's more from the horse's mouth.

The Associated press:

There was clear desire and reason to capitalize Black. Most notably, people who are Black have strong historical and cultural commonalities, even if they are from different parts of the world and even if they now live in different parts of the world. That includes the shared experience of discrimination due solely to the color of one’s skin.

There is, at this time, less support for capitalizing white. White people generally do not share the same history and culture, or the experience of being discriminated against because of skin color. In addition, we are a global news organization and in much of the world there is considerable disagreement, ambiguity and confusion about whom the term includes.

We agree that white people’s skin color plays into systemic inequalities and injustices, and we want our journalism to robustly explore those problems. But capitalizing the term white, as is done by white supremacists, risks subtly conveying legitimacy to such beliefs.

Some have expressed the belief that if we don’t capitalize white, we are being inconsistent and discriminating against white people or, conversely, that we are implying that white is the default. We also recognize the argument that capitalizing the term could pull white people more fully into issues and discussions of race and equality. We will closely watch how usage and thought evolves, and will periodically review our decision.

As the AP Stylebook currently directs, we will continue to avoid the broad and imprecise term brown in racial, ethnic or cultural references. If using the term is necessary as part of a direct quotation, we will continue to use the lowercase.

For more details, see the AP Stylebook’s race-related coverage guidance, which says in part: “Consider carefully when deciding whether to identify people by race. Often, it is an irrelevant factor and drawing unnecessary attention to someone’s race or ethnicity can be interpreted as bigotry.”

Sorry white people.

You just don't have history or culture that's worth capitalizing the 'w.'

Also, you can never understand racism or inequality because if you're white, you're automatically privileged. 

Also, we don't want to capitalize the 'w,' because it might embolden you to think that you should even be part of the discussion of equality and race. 

No wonder comedy is dead.

The world is now a satire of itself.


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