What Is 'Blackness', & How Do We Identify It?

What is ‘blackness’ and how do we identify it?

The only thing we’re certain of is that ‘blackness’ is: the state of being Black.

Well, ok then: what is ‘Black’?

That’s a tough question, because the answer is rooted in two diametrically opposed places: one, what it is to be white (equally obscure). And two, what it is to be African (which is, by design, even more obscure than being Black). (For the intents and purposes of this blogpost, ‘blackness’ approximates African-ness, and ‘whiteness’ approximates European-ness.)