To make sure all schools, publications, publishers, websites, and media correctly capitalize the letter B when referencing Black people. The B in Black should always be capitalized to acknowledge the people of the African Diaspora (more than 1 Billion people). By definition, black with a lowercase b is merely a color in a crayon box; Black represents culture and people. Writing about Black people with a lowercase b is therefore insulting. We had this debate almost a century ago when W.E.B DuBois successfully lobbied for the N in Negro to be capitalized, yet somehow people got tricked into letting 'black' slide.
No more... we will not stand to be demeaned by the current AP stylebook, mainstream media, and school systems. We demand that Black people are accurately acknowledged with the B in Black capitalized in all forms of written communication from this day forward. We will agitate professors and boycott publications who refuse to acknowledge our humanity. Every time we see someone write Black people with a lowercase b we will write #CapitalizeTheB on their post or submission.
Please take the first step in this fight by signing journalism professor Lori L. Tharp's petition on Change.org below: