Why Do We Capitalize the “B” in Black but not the “W” in White?

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The Associated Press guidelines on word usage state that when a writer is referring to Black people in a racial, cultural or ethnic sense, the “B” should be capitalized.

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Jeffrey Kass

Jeffrey Kass

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