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Fri Jun 19, 2020, 10:39 PM

AP changes writing style to capitalize ″b″ in Black

Source: Associated Press

AP changes writing style to capitalize ″b″ in Black

By The Associated Press
June 19, 2020

The Associated Press changed its writing style guide Friday to capitalize the b in the term Black when referring to people in a racial, ethnic or cultural context, weighing in on a hotly debated issue.

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, APs vice president of standards, said in a blog post Friday. The lowercase black is a color, not a person.

The news organization will also now capitalize Indigenous in reference to original inhabitants of a place.

Daniszewski said the revisions aligned with long-standing identifiers such as Latino, Asian American and Native American. He said the decision followed more than two years of research and debate among AP journalists and outside groups and thinkers.

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Read more: https://apnews.com/71386b46dbff8190e71493a763e8f45a

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Fri Jun 19, 2020, 11:21 PM

1. Bout time. Seems that should have been convention by now.

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