AP Style Nationalities and Races

AP Style holds that the proper names of nationalities, peoples, races, tribes, etc., should be capitalized. Some common examples,

  • Arab, Arabic
  • African-American
  • Caucasian
  • Cherokee
  • Chinese (both singular and plural)
  • Eskimo (plural Eskimos)
  • French Canadian
  • Japanese (singular and plural)
  • Jew, Jewish
  • Nordic
  • Sioux
  • Swede

See the page on AP Style Race for guidelines on when racial identification is pertinent to a story.

You should only use derogatory terms in direct quotes when they are essential to the story and should then be flagged in an editor’s note below.

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