The New York Times on Capitalizing “Black”

Nancy Coleman, explaining why The New York Times is capitalizing “Black”.

Decades later, a monthlong internal discussion at The Times led the paper on Tuesday to make, for similar reasons, its latest style change on race — capitalizing Black when describing people and cultures of African origin.

“We believe this style best conveys elements of shared history and identity, and reflects our goal to be respectful of all the people and communities we cover,” said Dean Baquet, The Times’s executive editor, and Phil Corbett, associate managing editor for standards, in a memo to staff.

Coleman, Nancy. (2020, July 5). Why We’re Capitalizing Black. The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/05/insider/capitalized-black.html

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