Style guide update: Capitalize the ‘B’ In ‘black’ when referring to people

Style guide update: Capitalize the ‘B’ In ‘black’ when referring to people
Image via Twitter

[Ed. – Do you capitalize the ‘W’ in ‘white,’ or is that a stupid question?]

… There’s been yet another update to the Associated Press Style Guide and for once it doesn’t have to do with obliterating the English language in the name of social justice warfare. (Though it does touch on issues of race as we’ll see in a moment.) The decision has been made to use the upper-case B when referring to Black people, though not when simply referring to the color black, obviously. The AP has the details of their own story.

The change conveys “an essential and shared sense of history, identity and community among people who identify as Black, including those in the African diaspora and within Africa,” John Daniszewski, AP’s vice president of standards, said in a blog post Friday. “The lowercase black is a color, not a person.”

Continue reading →