Context matters when it comes to writing convention. On the use of terms that refer to race, the Bristol University Press style convention states the following: ‘Black is a term that embraces people who experience structural and institutional discrimination because of their skin colour and is often used politically to refer to people of African, Caribbean and South Asian origin to imply solidarity against racism. In the past, Black has generally been written in lower case. In line with common usage, Bristol University Press now uses initial capitals for Black and White.’ In the South African context, writing convention is influenced by the fact that the apartheid state capitalized racial descriptors and the non-racial movement (subscribing to the Freedom Charter) used the convention of not capitalizing the words ‘black’ and ‘white’ in response to this. The Black Consciousness movement took a different approach and capitalized the word ‘Black’. Given this history and political context, and the ongoing contestation over terminology and the meaning of racial identity, we agreed with our publishers to allow for inconsistency across the manuscript and to retain the individual approach followed by chapter authors.