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Associated Press explains its capitalization of Black and white

The AP, arbiter of writing style in thousands of new publications, today explained why its June decision to capitalize Black in reference to ethnicity and culture will not be followed by capitalizing white in such contexts. These are some of … Continue reading

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CBS, CNN expanding race coverage

CNN this week announced it will expand and advance its coverage of race in America. In a memo to staff on Monday, CNN president Jeff Zucker wrote, “There are structural changes and investments we can and will make to better … Continue reading

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Asians, Blacks report Covid-related bias

The Pew Research Center reported July 1 that, besides the Covid-19 concerns that everyone is dealing with, Asian and Black people are experiencing a rise in virus-related discrimination. Almost 40% of American adults said they have noticed a rise in … Continue reading

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AP capitalizes Black; newsrooms should follow and explain

On June 13, this website wrote about newspaper style and advocated capitalizing Black when referring to race, ethnicity or culture. This was in exception to Associated Press style, used throughout the journalism industry. Our post explained that students in the … Continue reading

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What is TikTok?

TikTok is a social media platform (think Twitter or YouTube) where people post short videos they make themselves. They are often dance videos, but don’t have to be, and are often funny, but can be serious, too. Two incidents this … Continue reading

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What are reparations for slavery?

Protests of the killing by police of George Floyd in Minneapolis has re-energized calls for reparations for slavery in the United States. Today, the United Nations’ chief of civil rights called for reparations by countries around the world for slavery … Continue reading

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Associated Press stylebook does not capitalize Black, but news outlets may

Two events related to whether Black should be capitalized in news copy converged this week. The first was a statement Thursday by the National Association of Black Journalists that Black should be capitalized when used in the sense of ethnicity, … Continue reading

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What is Juneteenth and how did it get its name?

Juneteenth is a 155-year-old holiday, the oldest to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. It was created in 1865, marking June 19, 1865, the day word arrived in Galveston, Texas, that enslaved people had been freed. The … Continue reading

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Pandemic, protests lay wealth gap bare

The Associated Press today documents the striking difference in wealth between black and white Americans. It is not a new story, but a striking one that is not discussed in proportion to its on effects American society. The story is … Continue reading

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Rainbow Coalition examined in PBS documentary about the ’60s

The PBS Documentary “The First Rainbow Coalition,” released Jan. 27, documents the lesser-known alliance between Black people, Latinos and poor Appalachian Whites in the 1960s The documentary focuses on members of the Black Panther Party, Puerto Rican radicals, and Confederate-supporting … Continue reading

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