I was puzzled why Carrie Compton, in her article on Professor Jacob Dlamini (“Revising the Revisionists,” September issue) consistently wrote “white” in lower case while consistently capitalizing “Black.” I would have thought rules of grammatical consistency and considerations of racial equality would have indicated treating the two terms the same and capitalizing either both or neither. Is there a grammatical rule at work here of which I was unaware?

Editor’s note: On matters of capitalization, PAW follows the Associated Press Stylebook, which uses the capitalized term Black when the word is used as an adjective in a racial, ethnic, or cultural sense. AP style does not capitalize white.

Bruce C. Johnson ’74
Grand Rapids, Mich.