AP Stylebook takes a stance on race-related coverage

The resource advises communicators to use the term ‘racist’ or ‘racism’ when the situation calls for it, prompting many Twitter users to applaud the updated guidance.

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AP style changes on race

AP Stylebook doesn’t mince words when it comes to racist language or actions—and it doesn’t want you to, either.

On Friday, AP Stylebook editor Paula Froke announced the following guidance at the 2019 ACES conference, a national gathering of editors: Do not use the terms “racially charged,” “racially motivated” or “racially tinged” as a replacement for “racist” or “racism.”

Do not use racially charged or similar terms as euphemisms for racist or racism when the latter terms are truly applicable. #ACES2019 #ACESAPstyle

— AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) March 29, 2019

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