For those keeping track: AP will now capitalize ‘Black’ but not ‘white’ in referring to human beings

For those keeping track: AP will now capitalize ‘Black’ but not ‘white’ in referring to human beings
Sergeant William Carney, U.S. Army. First black recipient of the Medal of Honor. (Image: U.S. Army)

[Ed. – Whatever. The rest of us can think about content of character.]

The news agency, which puts out an annual “style book” listing how words are to be used, also recently said that the word “black” should be written as “Black” when referring to African Americans. But on Monday, the AP said the word “white” should not be uppercased when referring to Caucasian people.

“The AP said white people in general have much less shared history and culture, and don’t have the experience of being discriminated against because of skin color,” the AP reported.

“We agree that white people’s skin color plays into systemic inequalities and injustices, and we want our journalism to robustly explore these problems,” John Daniszewski, the AP’s vice president for standards, said in a memo to staff on Monday. “But capitalizing the term white, as is done by white supremacists, risks subtly conveying legitimacy to such beliefs.”

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