The Associated Press says it will keep all mentions of ‘white’ in racial terms lower-case while uppercasing ‘Black’ in news articles.
The AP is pushing this “rule” in its updated stylebook on word choices, punctuation, and other style points that’s sent to journalists across the country, although some news rooms have adopted their own formatting guidelines due to controversial changes by the AP in the past.
“There was clear desire and reason to capitalize Black,” said John Daniszewski, the AP’s vice president for standards. “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.”