A Debate Over Identity and Race Asks, Are African-Americans ‘Black’ or ‘black’?

The prominence of the Black Lives Matter movement has helped reignite the debate over the capitalization of the word black. Above, protests continued last week following the killing by the police of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta. Credit…Joshua Rashaad McFadden for The New York Times

It’s the difference between black and Black. A longtime push by African-American scholars and writers to capitalize the word black in the context of race has gained widespread acceptance in recent weeks and unleashed a deep debate over identity, race and power.

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