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Thursday, June 7, 2012

You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby - NYT Decides To Capitalize Negro

Dateline June 7, 1930 – The New York Times decides to start capitalizing the word “Negro” out of respect.

Look, it’s just a truism that the English language, as well as the times—not to mention The Times—evolve. These days no one is ever pulled over for driving while Negro.



Meanwhile, here’s an article (PDF) in the very same NYT on January 10, 1903 arguing in favour of the capital “N,” so very many years before it ever happened. That’s only proof that the English language, as well as the times—not to mention The Times—evolve slowly. One day we can hope that no one will be pulled over for driving while Black.