Yes, yes, yes, I do.
A capitonym is a word where the meaning changes based on whether or not the word is capitalized.
I view the term [B]lack as racial and ethnic political identity and as a bridge of solidarity for people of African heritage. As it represents a group of people racially, ethnically, and politically, why in the world wouldn’t it be capitalized.
Many people, even people who identify as Black, do not capitalize the ‘B’. But to me, its rather insulting, as an activist and as a writer whose discipline centers around language and how words are used and their potentially, although I have accepted that to many people of my race, it just isn’t important or that to them it still has the same meaning either way.
Many white people I’ve encountered and white-identifying folks have distorted the humanity of Black peoples/people of African descent on such a deep psychological/mental level that it is truly frightening. To not make the distinction between [B]lack and [b]lack, as in the color and the negative connotations that are imposed and fetishizations that onto it, for example, no matter how brown or “dark” a person may be, is detrimental. They seem to make no distinction between us as people and the way they have constructed the word “black” in their minds. And that in turn informs how they think about, internalize ideas about, subjugate, fetishize/eroticize/exotify interact with the people associated with the name and the idea of the color.
I am a creative writing major, so people can accuse me of tripping and picking if they feel its necessary. Yet and still…
Yes, Black is a capitonym. The meaning changes based on whether or not it is capitalized.
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