The Associated Press, which is used by virtually every newspaper in the United States, announced new punctuation rules that seem to be a bit — bigoted.
The widely-used AP Stylebook will require that the word “Black” be capitalized in news stories. However, the word “white” will continue to be used lowercase.
“AP’s style is now to capitalize Black in a racial, ethnic or cultural sense, conveying 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,” they said in a lengthy statement.
But white folks will remain lowercase – as if that particular people group is somehow lesser.
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“We also now capitalize Indigenous in reference to original inhabitants of a place,” the Associated Press said in a statement. “These changes align with long-standing capitalization of other racial and ethnic identifiers such as Latino, Asian American and Native American.”
The Associated Press also encouraged news organizations to “limit use of the term reverse discrimination to quotes; generally just discrimination will suffice to describe such allegations or practices.”
“It is sometimes used to describe bias or perceived bias against majority groups,” the AP said.
In other words, they are dismissing the notion that lowercase white folks can be discriminated against.
“As a global news organization, we are continuing to discuss within the U.S. and internationally whether to capitalize the term white,” the AP wrote. “Considerations are many and include any implications that doing so might have outside the United States.”
How woke of them.