Everything in society has gotten both terrifying and goofy.
The terrifying stuff is designed to terrify you.
The goofy stuff is simply designed to keep you in a state of confusion, where you think you must not have heard something right, or must not be seeing the whole picture. Confusion amplifies the sense of dread created by the terror.
The Associated Press took a break to decide whether they would capitalize “white” after announcing they would capitalize “black.” They’ve now decided. They’re following the New York Times in this decision, along with other publications.
After changing its usage rules last month to capitalize the word “Black” when used in the context of race and culture, The Associated Press on Monday said it would not do the same for “white.”
The AP said white people in general have much less shared history and culture, and don’t have the experience of being discriminated against because of skin color.
Protests following the death of George Floyd, which led to discussions of policing and Confederate symbols, also prompted many news organizations to examine their own practices and staffing. The Associated Press, whose Stylebook is widely influential in the industry, announced June 19 it would make Black uppercase.
In some ways, the decision over “white” has been more ticklish. The National Association of Black Journalists and some Black scholars have said white should be capitalized, too.
“We agree that white people’s skin color plays into systemic inequalities and injustices, and we want our journalism to robustly explore these problems,” John Daniszewski, the AP’s vice president for standards, said in a memo to staff Monday. “But capitalizing the term white, as is done by white supremacists, risks subtly conveying legitimacy to such beliefs.”
Columbia Journalism Review, the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, NBC News and Chicago Tribune are among the organizations that have recently said they would capitalize Black but have not done so for white.
“White doesn’t represent a shared culture and history in the way Black does,” The New York Times said on July 5 in explaining its decision.
CNN, Fox News and The San Diego Union-Tribune said they will give white the uppercase, noting it was consistent with Black, Asian, Latino and other ethnic groups. Fox cited NABJ’s advice.
CBS News said it would capitalize white, although not when referring to white supremacists, white nationalists or white privilege.
Some proponents believe that keeping white lowercase is actually anti-Black, saying it perpetuates the idea that whites are the default race.
If we wanted to take a “racism of lowered expectations” position, it would be “anti-black” because it assumes that black people are so pathetic that you need to violate the basics of grammar in order to make them feel good about themselves. You also have to use that grammar to humiliate whites, in order to make blacks feel good about themselves.
You might also say that it is “anti-black” to say that all black people have a shared history and culture – even more than whites, who literally have a shared history and culture.
That would mean that American blacks have a close cultural link to things like lip plates and mud huts.
I get accused of hating the color of their skin when I point out that this is the legacy of the blacks, and now the media is trying to further legitimize the claim that American blacks are really nothing more than dress-up jungle savages.
White people share virtually every element of culture, save for language. We have a shared religious identity, and a shared history that defines our civilization that goes back to ancient Greece and Rome. Making the claim that blacks have more of a shared history than we do is actually gobbledygook.
Capitalizing both white and black would be grammatically correct, technically, as you would be asserting they are proper nouns referring to a racial classification and thus differentiating them from the colors. It’s something of a stretch, I guess, but we used to do it here at the Daily Stormer. However, capitalizing one and not the other is absurd, and it makes me chuckle every time I read it in these articles. They’ve been doing it for weeks now, and I’m still chuckling.
Basically, the media is trying to do whatever they can to implement massive, aggressive, abrasive, weird changes. We see this with everything they’re doing. For someone who reads the news with some kind of attentiveness, this new capitalization of the word “black” comes across as offensive to the eyes, particularly when it appears in the same sentence as the word “white.”
I assume there is also some attempt to force people to feel like they are inferior to the blacks, which is obviously what they’re trying to communicate when they say “you don’t have a shared history like they do and you’ve never suffered,” which, as seen above, is literally their official explanation for why they’re doing this. But that is secondary, because rather than make whites who read this kind of media and notice things like capitalization feel lesser, it is much more likely to make them start questioning all of this stuff with the blacks, given that this is such a fundamentally goofy thing to do. It’s something that even just six months ago could have been featured in satire.
When something like this happens, it has to be a trigger for people to begin wondering if the whole entire situation isn’t silly. Then, when you find that only 10 unarmed blacks were killed by police officers in 2019, that five of them had just attacked people before being shot, and that the same people attacking grammar are calling this “systematic murder,” you start to wonder if maybe the whole thing isn’t just completely absurd.
The biggest thing about this whole black hoax, just like with the coronavirus hoax, is that people aren’t able to process that the entire establishment could be promoting a hoax this massive. But when you see the entire establishment doing this capitalization thing, and acting like it is somehow very serious adult behavior, it becomes easier to believe that there are no adults left in the room.