Starting today, the word Black will be capitalized when it is used to refer to people in all Baltimore Sun Media publications online and in print.
This decision is the result of many conversations over the years, but those discussions became more frequent, more focused and more immediate during the past weeks and months.
“Black” has evolved to signify a race and culture and deserves the uppercase treatment, much like Asian. This is how many Black people and Black publications describe the people and descendants of the African diaspora.
The change is also in step with The Associated Press, which made the same style change Friday, as have many other U.S. news organizations. You will occasionally see the lowercase “b” as we transition to the new style, but we will work to limit those conflicts.
While this is an important change as it pertains to our coverage, we recognize that much more work remains regarding diversity and inclusion at Baltimore Sun Media, across Tribune Publishing, our parent company, and across the news media industry. We welcome your thoughts on these matters at firstname.lastname@example.org.