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Posted By: Ribicon, 6/16/2020 1:44:48 PM

We are making an important change today in our writing style. When referring to a culture, ethnicity or group of people from the African diaspora we will use “Black,” with an uppercase B. We are making this change to NJ Advance Media’s style guide to acknowledge and respect the word represents a people with shared cultures and experiences, and not a color. Black, we believe, should be used like other identifiers, such as “Asian,” “Latino” or “African American.” We also will continue to use “African American” in stories when warranted, as “African American” and “Black” aren’t always interchangeable.

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The grovel continues to say that only a white supremacist would want "white" to be capitalized, seeing how white is merely a physical descriptor and white people have no cohesive cultural identity (and if they did, that would be RACIST). Meanwhile, despite race being merely a social construct, it's not racist at all for BLACK people do demand caps, seeing how they're a monolithic entity. Incredible, the contortions of the Marxists. This is the same news outfit that's begging people to subscribe so they don't go broke.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: IowaDad 6/16/2020 1:50:04 PM (No. 446432)
Magnificent! This will transform our society!! The black-on-black murder rate in Chicago will immediately fall to almost zero. Well done News Room and Editorial Office!
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Reply 2 - Posted by: GoodDeal 6/16/2020 1:50:36 PM (No. 446433)
Then it follows that Caucasians be called White, Hispanics be called Brown, Asians be called Yellow and let’s see how that works out.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: MrDeplorable 6/16/2020 1:53:59 PM (No. 446438)
They said the reason "white" would not be capitalized is because it was only a descriptor of a number of people from different CULTURES, so if that is the case, then we are entitled to demand they give us a complete and detailed list of qualities or attributes that characterize Black CULTURE.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: PlayItAgain 6/16/2020 1:55:56 PM (No. 446442)
It also acknowledges the shared culture of survival against colonialism and white terror What do these people do all day?
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici 6/16/2020 1:56:27 PM (No. 446443)
The problem with this rule is that it tries to codify something which is subjective. There are times when it is proper to write "Black Americans" and times when it is appropriate to write "black Americans" and there is no rule which can capture those completely.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino 6/16/2020 1:59:37 PM (No. 446448)
"Mongolian" will be used to refer to persons from Mongolia. And "Mongol" will be used to refer to persons from the planet Mongo - - e.g., Ming The Merciless. Any questions?
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Reply 7 - Posted by: davew 6/16/2020 2:00:27 PM (No. 446450)
George Orwell is laughing his head off somewhere in Heaven. Newspeak has arrived!
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Reply 8 - Posted by: volksford 6/16/2020 2:01:09 PM (No. 446451)
Oh hell,here we go again ....colored folk ,then it became negro, then it was black, then African American make up your damn minds
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Safari Man 6/16/2020 2:06:46 PM (No. 446460)
Is that all? I should think they would commit to 64 point font, at least.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: WhamDBambam 6/16/2020 2:07:13 PM (No. 446461)
Crawl, crawl to kiss the feet of your new black masters.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: His_Highness 6/16/2020 2:15:34 PM (No. 446470)
They ignore black on black crime, and they ignore the black on black enslavement that is going on right now, today, in Africa. They also lump every black person together with every other black person, as if they all have the same culture. I'm pretty sure that cultures in Ghana, Mali, South Africa differ pretty widely; but not according to the person concluding that all black people are the same. I think I could have gone along with it if he had also written that, from now on, they'd refer to capital-w White people. But no, all they want to do is kowtow to black people. I'm not having it.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Ben Around 6/16/2020 2:17:38 PM (No. 446471)
It's just silly. Shows how desperate the media (which is the propaganda arm of the democrat party) is.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Rob_NC 6/16/2020 2:19:31 PM (No. 446472)
WHY.. . You are a American who just happens to be black....
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Reply 14 - Posted by: JHHolliday 6/16/2020 2:24:13 PM (No. 446477)
Re #8. During the Civil War, the term in polite society was negro. When I grew up in the South in the '40s and '50s, it was 'colored', then 'black', then African American, and now, for some inane reason, 'people of color' is ok but not 'colored people'. There is something more than a little sad about an ethnic group searching year after year for a name that will make them feel better about themselves.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Lazyman 6/16/2020 2:33:13 PM (No. 446484)
This failing paper a month ago stopped allowing comments, so I'm not sure how they listened to anyone.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Clinger 6/16/2020 2:34:51 PM (No. 446485)
Every time you make a change you get to enjoy shaming the rest of us for disrespecting you because we didn't get the memo. My wife is Italian that makes her Green.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: chance_232 6/16/2020 2:40:55 PM (No. 446487)
Sorry......black IS a descriptor. Not a good one because I can probably count on one hand the number of People that Ive seen who's pigment was closer to black than a shade of brown. Brown does NOT describe a culture either. People of African descent are every bit as diverse culturally and ethnically as whites. Actuall Africans have very little in common with Americans of African descent. For that matter, Caribbean Africans are different in attitude and culture than their American cousins. The act of lumping in all African Americans together as some monolithic group with a shared culture and ethnicity is as biggotted as anything Ive heard. According to MY dna results, my ancestors came out of Africa and somewhere along the line became severly pigment challenged. So, feel free to call me off white with European and African ancestry.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: anniebc 6/16/2020 2:50:38 PM (No. 446502)
They're so confused.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: DVC 6/16/2020 2:59:34 PM (No. 446513)
Well, I want White to be the norm, too. And if you don't do it, you are racists.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: DARling 6/16/2020 3:05:31 PM (No. 446520)
Lowercase for race, uppercase for nationality. I will not change the rules of language because a few idiots are suffering from white guilt.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: emmajustin 6/16/2020 3:34:18 PM (No. 446552)
I have always called Blacks black. I do not use African American because that is a false designation and we are forced to use German American, or Dutch American, or English American etc. And since they say black lives matter I am just following their lead.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: SALady 6/16/2020 3:35:49 PM (No. 446553)
I truly wish I had a subscription to this rag sheet just so that I could cancel it.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: stablemoney 6/16/2020 3:35:59 PM (No. 446554)
We have been through Black, African American, African, Negro, Colored, Slaves, and more, so far. I am to not referring to them at all, and going about my business. Seven decades of never ending grievances have left me deaf of anything further on this subject.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: bobn.t 6/16/2020 3:49:03 PM (No. 446576)
This is a bunch of garbage. Black is not a race, It's a color. People of Negro race and not called black. As people of Asian race are not called yellow. African-American is not a race, It's an origin. Black hate the term negro and want to divorce themselves from it. Are Americans of european descent called European-American
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Reply 25 - Posted by: montwoodcliff 6/16/2020 3:51:16 PM (No. 446578)
Whatever! The Star-Ledger is failing and he wants to be virtuous! Call them Green for all I care. It doesn't change their culture any. "A rose by any other name is still a rose!"
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Reply 26 - Posted by: john56 6/16/2020 4:01:05 PM (No. 446590)
Of course, we have to make the Announcement that we are now capitalizing Black a big news story! Virtue Signaling via Style Manual!
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Reply 27 - Posted by: Strike3 6/16/2020 5:03:07 PM (No. 446662)
I wish I could care but unfortunately, I do not.
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Reply 28 - Posted by: bamboozle 6/16/2020 5:19:00 PM (No. 446679)
So then, is a blond lady who emigrated from South Africa entitled to be called an African American? How about a black man from Barbados, would he also be an African American? So much confusion, so few answers.
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Reply 29 - Posted by: Historybuff 6/16/2020 5:41:32 PM (No. 446719)
So if you are a 3rd generation Black French man who lives in Normandy, are you an African American? Teresa Kerry wants to know. My favorite African American is Elon Musk.
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Reply 30 - Posted by: bad-hair 6/16/2020 5:41:44 PM (No. 446720)
Glad to see the arson and looting had a positive outcome.
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Reply 31 - Posted by: Right Time 6/16/2020 6:55:30 PM (No. 446791)
I DEMAND that "white" be written with an uppercase "W", like "White"
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Reply 32 - Posted by: watashiyo 6/16/2020 7:12:14 PM (No. 446801)
I resent Asians being identified as Yellow. It's insulting, demeaning, humiliating, hurtful, and damning. I prefer BEIGE!
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