AP's Explanation for Capitalizing 'Black' but Keeping 'white' Lowercase Sounds Kinda Racist...to Black People

Nick Kangadis | July 22, 2020

Sometimes you have to wonder whether organizations who kowtow to the left realize they’re being racist or if they legitimately don’t understand what actually constitutes racism. You might have heard about a recent decision by the Associated Press (AP) to capitalize the word “Black” in regard to black people. Now we have an explanation as to why the AP won’t capitalize the word “white” in reference to white people, and it sounds pretty racist towards black people.

AP’s Vice President for Standards John Daniszewski wrote a blog for the outlet on Monday explaining why they’re going to continue referring to white people with a lowercase “w” and black people with an uppercase “B.”

Here’s part of the explanation for their decision on “Black people”:

There was clear desire and reason to capitalize Black. 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.

Maybe I’m out of my depth here, but that sounded pretty racist, right? I mean, Daniszewski basically just said that all black people — regardless of where they originate from — are the same.

Now let’s take a look at the AP’s explanation for continuing to refer to white people with a lowercase “w”:

There is, at this time, less support for capitalizing white. White people generally do not share the same history and culture, or the experience of being discriminated against because of skin color. In addition, we are a global news organization and in much of the world there is considerable disagreement, ambiguity and confusion about whom the term includes.

We agree that white people’s skin color plays into systemic inequalities and injustices, and we want our journalism to robustly explore those problems. But capitalizing the term white, as is done by white supremacists, risks subtly conveying legitimacy to such beliefs.

So, is Daniszewski saying white people are more diverse? At the same time, what about black supremacist organizations like the Black Hebrew Israelites or the Black Panthers? Of course white supremacists exist, but why is the AP ignoring the inverse? Does that mean that the AP is “conveying legitimacy to such beliefs?”

Much like throughout American history, it’s the left and those that cower to the left where racism actually resides.