Image Description: Dark and Light: Practicing Balance—and Countering Racism—in Metaphors

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Two groups of speech bubbles appear on a page. The top group of speech bubbles contain the following phrases: dark, black, bad, ugly, black-hearted, black mark, dark times, dark side, blackmail, dark forces, wicked, black sheep, shady, kept in the dark, depressed, shadow, gloom, black mood, dirty, evil, death, immoral, blacklist.

The bottom group of speech bubbles contain the following phrases: light, white, good, beautiful, life white lie, virtuous, innocent, heavenly, white knight, white collar, white as snow, pure, come into the light, clean, illuminating, unblemished, bright, whitelist.

Text underneath says:

Be a radical copyeditor: actively counter the singular use of darkness as a metaphor for negative concepts and lightness as a metaphor for positive concepts. The single story that dark = bad has real impacts.

At the bottom of the graphic, the paper the words appear on emerges from a typewriter. Above the typewriter ribbon is the black text www. copyeditor. com with the red word “radical” inserted so that, edited, it reads www. radicalcopyeditor. com.

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