Does the Seattle Times read this blog? Years ago, I fell into the habit of capitalizing White. If memory serves, a commentator had asked me to do so because Jew is capitalized. It was just a courtesy and I didn’t like using the uncapitalized jew.
“The Seattle Times informed staff that they’re changing the way they use the terms “black” and “white” after conversations with senior editors at the Diversity & Inclusion task force, according to an internal email sent to the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH.
“We’re making a change to The Seattle Times stylebook that takes effect today,” according to an internal memo written by PM news desk chief Melissa Davis on the morning of December 18. “The decision was made after research by staffers, discussions with members of the Diversity & Inclusion task force and senior editors. …
Black (adj.): Belonging to people who are part of the African diaspora. Capitalize Black because it is a reflection of shared cultures and experiences (foods, languages, music, religious traditions, etc.). Do not use as a singular or plural noun. When ethnicity is relevant to the story, ask the source which ethnic identifier they use. Black is not necessarily synonymous with African American; some argue the term Black is more inclusive of the collective experiences of the U.S. population, which encompasses recent immigrants.
white (adj.): Belonging to people with light-colored skin, especially those of European descent. Unlike Black, it is lower case, as its use is a physical description of people whose backgrounds may spring from many different cultures. Capitalized white is often used by the white nationalist/white supremacist movement. Do not use as a singular or plural noun. When ethnicity is relevant to the story, ask the source which personal ethnic identifier they use. …”
Capitalized white is white supremacy.