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Sociocultural Designations

Capitalize names of languages, nationalities, ethnicities, political parties, religions, and religious denominations. Do not capitalize political doctrines (conservative, progressive). Do not capitalize white or black as a designation of race.

African American

an Arab man

the Berbers

the Catholic Church (but: a Methodist church, First Methodist Church)

English language

Ethiopian food

the French

Hispanic population

Indian American community

of Italian heritage

Latina girls

Native American



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This legislation endorses the principles of democracy in our republican form of government.

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