Associated Press Stylebook: lowercase ‘whites’ and uppercase ‘Blacks’

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The Associated Press Stylebook, an influential directive on English usage in the industry, announced on June 19 that it would use the spelling of Black with an uppercase. On Monday the news agency announced that it would capitalize the word “Black” but not “white”.

“After changing its usage rules last month to capitalize the word ‘Black’ when used in the context of race and culture, The Associated Press on Monday said it would not do the same for ‘white’,” the agency said. The AP declared that whites have “less shared history and culture, and don’t have the experience of being discriminated against because of skin color”.

But black Americans have not felt the same need: The National Association of Black Journalists and some black scholars have said white should also be capitalized. Despite opposition from black journalists, John Daniszewski, the AP’s vice president for standards who is himself white…

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