Multitasking on the Re-election of President Obama: Defense AND Offense
The overwhelming number of times that I’ve lost a chess game to my gentlemate/partner/husband as well the few times I’ve beaten him have taught me something about how to view Barack Obama’s re-election as POTUS:
A successful war strategy strikes a balance between optimism and skepticism. Being too optimistic makes you prey to traps. But, if you’re too skeptical, you’ll fail to move on opportunities to advance to victory.
So, the question is whether Mr. Obama’s election in 2008 and, again, in 2012 were Trojan horses—traps. Or, whether they were opportunities to move against racists (white dominators) in more than a cosmetic way. I am one who does not think that is clear. And, I don’t think the smartest racists know how it will turn out either.
I’ll fall back on my living room chess experience. In the middle of a strategy, there are lots of moves that are gambles. Advancing in one direction leaves a corridor for the advancement of the adversary. On a competitor’s way to positioning for the win, he/she becomes vulnerable—often several times— in some way that he/she can only hope the adversary doesn’t see or doesn’t take maximum advantage of. Offense is strategic but defense is mostly spontaneous. A defensive move can throw off the moves you need to make for your offensive strategy. That’s why, in the middle of the game, the board almost never looks like you or your adversary hoped. So, you have to be able to make new strategies as the game goes along.
I don’t think the board looks as the racists had hoped when they began this strategy of “refinement.” Why not? Making black people feel like racism is not as bad as it used to be so that it can be practiced without costly violence comes at a risk: They have to let black people do things that allow more of us to learn constructive information. And, they have to project images that promote the idea that we can learn and do anything they can learn and do.
So, I agree with many race-prisoners that Mr. Obama is being used successfully to amp up anti-black sentiment and to provide cover for racist policies. However, white folks’ offense has slackened their defense a notch. For instance, there will be more black people expecting courteous and affectionate relations with their opposite gender partner. There will be more black people who aspire to be in charge of there own affairs and will be angrier when they find out that the system of white domination (racism) still prevents that. There will even be more black people who keep their limbs and kidneys or do not die because of care they receive through Obamacare.
I’m just saying, don’t refuse to take advantage of every opportunity to advance on the opponent on the grounds that each opportunity is a trap. The opportunity could just be something unintentionally created by our opponent’s offense. Strap up, yes. And, move forward, too. That Trojan horse has some wood that can be broken up for arrows, fortresses, and ships.
About our defense:
white folks are sighing about or trumpeting that 70% of voters who identified themselves as “Latino” voted for President Obama. So expect an acceleration by white folks of the re-classification of “Latinos” as white. Be careful about whom you regard as a fellow confused race-prisoner and whom you regard as a racist.