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In July 2020, the Associated Press decided it would continue to lowercase the term white in racial, ethnic, and cultural senses.
This decision follows its move in June to capitalize Black in such uses. The AP consulted with a wide group of people internally and externally around the globe and considered a variety of commentary in making these decisions.
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.
They found 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.
The AP will closely watch how usage and thought evolves, and will periodically review its decision.
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