Carolyn Rouse writes article for PAW on convention around capitalizing

Dec. 2, 2021

Professor Carolyn Rouse published an article in PAW, “Capital Crimes, Language is a moving target.” Rouse addresses the question about the new convention about capitalizing “Black” and “Brown” while lowercasing “white.”

Rouse states, “In the case of these new conventions, the demand to use “Black” or to complicate pronoun usage, the issue is only in part about accurately describing the subjectivity of the person being represented. Importantly, when it comes to writing about other people, I am not only trying to represent my interlocutors, I am also trying to reveal something about myself.”

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