Blackness: The terms Black and white do not describe skin colours or ethnic groups per se. Rather, they refer to social and political positions in society and are intended to highlight the constructed nature of these positions. Black is thereby capitalised to indicate that it is a self-designation of people who are negatively affected by racism in a society dominated by white people. White people hold a privileged social position in contemporary society. Writing the designation in italics is meant to make their position of power visible.