The Seattle Times recently announced new guidelines for the usage of the terms “black” and “white.”
Black (adj.): Belonging to people who are part of the African diaspora. Capitalize black because it is a reflection of shared cultures and experiences…
White (adj.): Belonging to people with light-colored skin, especially those of European descent. Unlike Black, it is lowercase, 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.
Thanks to Red Ice (about 1:14) for bringing this up in their video.
This is a crude attempt to diminish the status of whites, and it fails on a couple of levels. Firstly, the fact that the Seattle Times mentions the fact that some white-advocates capitalize “white” somewhat shifts the narrative over to our side. It shows that the Times is ceding control of the narrative, as opposed to setting the narrative themselves. Had the behavior of (some) white-advocates not played a part in this decision, then it would not have been mentioned at all. I’m reminded of how Hillary Clinton inadvertently gave the Alt-Right a huge boost. As the folks at Vice described it:
With her speech, Clinton managed to elevate an ill-defined, and likely small, group of fringe racists into a national threat, giving a national platform to a handful of white nationalist bloggers and the internet trolls who follow them. The GOP is “the White Man’s party, whether it likes it or not,” Richard Spencer, the leader of the white nationalist National Policy Institute credited with coining the term alt-right wrote in a blog post Thursday. “Hillary is trying to push the GOP into permanent minority status by empowering the Alt Right,” he added, “and believe me, she will be empowering us today.”
When a “mainstream” media organization bases its policy, even partially, on the habits of the Resistance, then this is a victory for the Resistance.
Secondly, and more importantly, it negates the very message that the Hostile Elite has been shoving down our throats for decades – that white people are less diverse than non-white people. It wasn’t that long ago when Apple’s Diversity Officer, a black woman named Denise Smith, was fired for stating:
There can be 12 white, blue-eyed, blond men in a room and they’re going to be diverse too because they’re going to bring a different life experience and life perspective to the conversation.
Not according to The Seattle Times, because their directive clearly states that whites are “people whose backgrounds may spring from many different cultures,” but blacks are “of shared cultures and experiences.” In other words, whites are more diverse than blacks.
I’m not saying that leftists can’t disagree. They certainly can, and they do. But my hunch is that the folks at The Seattle Times simply did not give very much thought to the ramifications of their new guidelines. I’m willing to bet that if a Diversity officer at The Seattle Times made a similar announcement to that of Denise Smith, that officer would find himself in hot water. Defending himself by citing the new guidelines would not be very effective, because consistency is not a priority among diversicrats.
As for my own opinion on the capitalization of “white” and “black,” you can find it here.