[Blackness] is the explicit outcome of a politics and thereby available to historic challenge through collective struggle. But it is not simply a description of a political status either, even an oppressed political status, because it functions as if it were a metaphysical property across the longue durée of the premodern, modern, and now postmodern eras. That is to say, the application of the law of racial slavery is pervasive, regardless of variance or permutation in its operation across the better part of a millennium.
-- Jared Sexton, "People-of-Color Blindness: Notes on the Afterlife of Slavery". Social Text 103. Vol. 28, No. 2. Summer 2010