Monday, September 7, 2020

Racism Returns to the Clarion-Ledger

 "Some animals are more equal than others." Animal Farm

The Clarion-Ledger's segregationist past is no secret but unfortunately, the "state newspaper" is returning to its racist roots.  Check out this paragraph in the Curtis Flowers story.

The capitalization of "Black" while giving "White" lesser treatment is no misprint but is a new policy at Gannett.  The AP reported on July 20:

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. (KF: So why does that justify "Black" and "white"?)

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. (KF: Wait, you mean the Black journalists did NOT ask for this crap?) 

“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.” (So following standard English conveys white supremacy? The horror.  Lord, save us from the do-gooding white liberal who sees everything in nothing.) 

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. Rest of article.
 CNN, Fox News, et al got it right when they decided to treat all races equally.  Such will continue to be the policy of this website.  

The Clarion-Ledger is not promoting justice but is instead practicing racial agitation.  The new policy is bigotry in its purest form even if it is dressed up in ivory-tower psycho-babble. 

It is probably a safe bet a majority of the Clarion-Ledger's subscribers are members of the non-capitalized lot.  How long can the newspaper get away with insulting its remaining paying customers?


Anonymous said...

I own a business and cannot understand any company alienating a part ( small or large) of your potential or actual customer base. To try and push an agenda down someone’s throat or be blind to a section is just dumb. I quit the rag 3 years ago and they about offer it for free if you subscribe for 90 days but I have no interest.

Anonymous said...


The CL died a long time ago. They simply haven’t realized the death blow was dealt.

It’s why the paper is only two sections. It’s why there are hardly any ads run in it. It’s why most of the articles are USA Today.

One day, in the not too distant future, they will simply disappear.

Anonymous said...

Pointing out anti white bias in the media is considered antisemitic. Didn't you get the memo? Maybe it because you are you not a real ((((journalist)))

Anonymous said...

Most of the old news papers are fading and the special 'limited time' subscription offers are all AOL rip-offs. At the end of the special deal the subscriber is automatically subscribed for a year at the regular price.

The NYTs assured me that if I subscribed for 1 year at a special rate that it would not be renewed unless I authorized them but SURPRISE, they lied. Printed news papers should just give up and go home,

Anonymous said...

After the civil war a confederate soldier was walking past freed slaves & one of them remarked " Bottom Rail on Top now Master".

Anonymous said...

The only way the clarion ledger(lower case) will survive is if somebody buys it and takes it private and makes it a community paper. Madison Journal?

Anonymous said...

When I obtained my B.A. in journalism many years ago, we were taught to use the AP Stylebook like we would use a dictionary. It was a resource for writing standards.

To Mr. Daniszewski, reporters are supposed to report facts, with emphasis on the 5 Ws: who, what, where, when, and why. News reporters are not responsible for fixing everyone. That is the individual's own responsibility. Give us the information, report the stories, and let each of us decide for ourselves what to do with it. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Here is the deal. I am a white person and I do not care. I am focused on growing my business and taking care of my nuclear family.

Anonymous said...

Racist clowns. F them.

Anonymous said...

KF, check the $ Trail on the networks who are using the upper case B but are not using
an upper case W. I’d wager they are already getting a cut of the BLM money.

Anonymous said...

Another pathetic display of white fragility by KKKingfish and his white hooded peanut gallery

Anonymous said...

“If a tree falls in the woods....”

Anonymous said...

We live in a different world. Now, to pillory whites is acceptable. People with good upbringing, white, black, yellow and red don't like today's acceptable racism promoted by the media, Democrats and other liberals.

Anonymous said...

Here is the current problem "newspaper's" have, they only publish one time a day. Now with things moving as fast as they do 30 seconds after something happens its already covered on Facebook, Twitter, local news apps, and especially on local TV websites. Yes, newspapers have websites, but there are three problems. One is it is not free like all the others. Two to produce something on their website someone at a remote regional production site has to produce it and that takes time. Three they must have staff to get that info, the correct info to the right people. What newspaper has that staff today?

If the executives of the largest chains we paying attention they could have delayed the crash by a few years. They were to busy patting themselves on the back about all the tech advances they were making with the printing process.

Anonymous said...

Just don't say anything negative about blacks on this blog or your comments will never be seen.

Anonymous said...

Funny how white folks cant handle when the show is on the other foot. I hope you get everything back that you gave the planet for 2000 years!

Anonymous said...


There's that word they like to use over and over.

Sad thing is . . . many of them can't even explain the nuances between the words "systemic" and "systematic ".

Anonymous said...

3:04 it ain’t about what white folks can handle it is about CL being dumb enough to potentially piss off I would guess 80% of their subscriber base and 90% of their advertising. It ain’t personal dumbass, it’s business.

Anonymous said...

This is simply another example of demeaning pandering by ultra liberal elitists who think such meaningless gestures give them some progressive form of credibility. How can Black people question their bona fides when they capitalize the whole class? What respect! What deference! What recognition! They must be our friends. We will trust them.

Think again.

Black journalists.

Anonymous said...

" Think again.
Black journalists."

From what I've seen, it seems to be more liberal/leftist White journalists are trying to make everything a racial issue than most reputable Black journalists.

Anonymous said...

How will the whites ever recover from such disrespect?

Anonymous said...

"From what I've seen, it seems to be more liberal/leftist White journalists are trying to make everything a racial issue than most reputable Black journalists"

Not whites. The culprits are a tribe of chameleons.

Anonymous said...

@3:36, you think people are complaining about this because it will hurt clarion ledger’s business? Who’s the dumbass again?

Anonymous said...

Good points at 3:37 and 4:27. The kind of self-righteous attention seeking demonstrated by the AP Stylebook brass really just serves to piss people off and create needless/useless controversy.

Anonymous said...

" How long can the newspaper get away with insulting its remaining paying customers?" How many can that be? I rarely see a CL paper in print. I read the digital one at my co-employees expense. Done in about 5 minutes.

Anonymous said...

4:27 That's essentially what 3:37 is saying. Same thing. Maybe I should have said: signed, Black journalists

It's just more meaningless bullshit designed to generate some racial heat while accomplishing nothing. "Black" does not adequately describe the many shades and variations in color of people of African descent, and the only truly "White" people are albino lepers. But let's make it a big deal. WTF

Anonymous said...

This is where critical race theory gets you: endlessly fighting over semantics, definitions, and symbols so a handful of outspoken, privileged leftist academics and professional agitators can feel vindicated.

As opposed to solving the actual problems of actual black people.

Anonymous said...

Stupid is as stupid does.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mary,

You are getting on a roll! Go, girl, go!! Now stop printing pictures of anyone white. Only Black folks. And forget about Obama. He is half white. Smash that White Privilege! Bring in intersectionality, Girl! Remember, white folks are born racist. Their babies know it and Joe Biden will make sure they need to be taught it. And remember, Martin Luther King really was supposed to have said, "Judge people by the color of their skin, not their character." And who cares if that is what the KKK said for 100 years.

Anonymous said...

Hang on a sec, folks. Races are and have always been capitalized. To wit, "Daytona 500," Indianapolis 500," "24 Hours of Le Mans," "Grand Prix de Monaco," "Dakar Rally/Paris-Dakar"...even bike races, "Paris-Brest," and foot races, "Boston Marathon."

That said, basing rules of capitalization upon skin color seems IIL-AdViSeD and even Racist In And Of Itself But Hey, Them Muthafuckas (one "m," capped or not) At The ap Seem Awful...sure of ThEmSeLvEs, so MaybE THIS iS A gOOD tHinG?

After further reflection, no, it is just wanton and silly dumbfuckery. Let's go all ee cummings, and of course, StArT YoUr EnGinEs...

Anonymous said...

Several good points above but I’m afraid it’s a lost cause...y’all c how ppl right these daze. Ain’t nobody Karen bout no gramma Karen

Anonymous said...

I can't believe this many people are upset over the capitalization or non-capitalization of a word.

Anonymous said...

I feel sorry for mixed-race folks. Consider Barack Obama. He is half Black, half white, and was essentially abandoned by his Black father and raised by his white mother and her white parents. His daughters are faced with being one-quarter white and three-quarters Black. And geez, think about Tiger Wood's kids, who are Black, Thai, Chinese, Dutch, and white or as he says of himself, they are "cablinasian" and white, or maybe now "Cablinasian" and White. I mean, is there a "one drop" rule to this thing, i.e., are Obama's girls are now one-quarter White and three-quarters Black? I guess what I'm asking is if a person has at least some Black ancestry, does it earn their white skin-color-based racial descriptive elevation to capitalization or is the white part of them doomed to lowercasedness and loss of apparent respect attendant to that? If not, it sure seems disrespectful and either way, destined to cause unnecessary confusion.

Anonymous said...

Clarion Ledger probably a study on how not to run a business. I used to love to get thew Sunday Paper put on a pot of coffee and read cover to cover now it takes 10 minutes (thank goodness for the comics)

Anonymous said...

12:27, believe it. It's not any different from the "black lives matter" versus "all lives matter" controversy. By not capitalizing the word "black" they think they are being disparaged, but when you capitalize "white" too you are not respecting their oppressive past as a special group.

You can't win. I don't care which way it goes as long as it is equal. If you are going to capitalize Black when you refer to the racial group then you should capitalize White as well.

Anonymous said...

Gee, I wonder why commie lefties would want to incite racial agitation?

Anonymous said...

I don’t think white people give a damn about the CAP or no CAP. It’s the principle. She says equality is what is needed, but wants to be a smart ass to try and get attention.

Anonymous said...

Speaking as a long time resident of MS, (+70 years), I have sadly witnessed the demise of both the CL and Jackson.

Anonymous said...

White ppl tears are delicious. Let's see if you can shed more teara than the Native Americans and African Slaves. Somehow I doubt you will since you have no conscience or guilt.

Anonymous said...

Both terms are inaccurate and probably inappropriate.

I am not "white" the more accurate tram would be "tannish" or "beige with darker toned portions".

Most "Black" people are actually some (varying) tone of brown. I would consider "chocolate" to be more accurate, although some would give me a run for my money in terms of "whiteness".

I do accept the term "redneck" if it applies to those who spend hours and hours working in the sun, as it does seem to affect the color of that portion of the neck exposed to UV rays, like when driving a tractor.

I do find it strange that two "Black" people can call each other the "N" word and it is fine, but when "Whitey" uses the same slang, it is racist, which I agree is a bad thing. I'm not saying "Whitey" should ba able to use that word. I am saying that "Black" folks should be held to the same standard. I refuse to accept justification by saying it is their "Culture". We all have "Culture" and what is OK for the goose, should be OK for the gander.

Anonymous said...

It’s not limited to the Clarion Ledger. I was just reading an article from WLBT titled “ Conversation...Black Father to Son” by Howard Ballou and yes every time the work black was used it was capitalized. Not so for the word white. This is really getting ridiculous!

Anonymous said...

I don’t understand the word”colored” being racist but that we should use the words” people of color”. My Mom taugh me to use the word “colored” as a form of respect for black people and taught me never to use the N word. This was in the 60’s.

Anonymous said...

" My Mom taugh me to use the word “colored” as a form of respect for black people and taught me never to use the N word. This was in the 60’s. "

And I thought I was the only child being told the exact same thing by my Mom.

My . . . have times have changed.

Get woke, go broke said...

This is almost as dumb as someone flying a Black Lives Matter flag outside of their home in the hopes that the mob will pass by and not tear their shit up...

It needs to be said...

I taught my children that there was only one race on this planet. That was the human race. I also taught them not to be persuaded to divide that race. I have followed that teaching my entire life, to this point, and I will continue to follow it until I depart this life.

Anonymous said...

It’s been years since I have looked at this sight. KKKingfish is still a racist snowflake I see. You really mad about a capital letter?

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