You’re a Racist. Own it and outmaneuver your opponents.

One of the fundamentals of Judo is a concept taught to me as “floating,” perhaps other schools use different terminology.  It’s much easier to understand by feeling than by reading a description, but I’ll do my best.   When an opponent has grabbed you, and tries to pull you or push you, instead of resisting, you allow him.  However, you don’t simply go limp and let him toss you like a rag-doll.  You keep your torso tense, so that your feet remain directly below your shoulders.  Use many small rapid steps instead of big ones, and never cross your legs.  If you do this right, he can move you in any direction he pleases, and yet paradoxically, you remain in perfect control of yourself.  and at this point you can add a little force of your own in the direction he is already moving to off-balance him, or subtly alter the direction of the movement he initiates to set him up for a technique of your own.

Now accusations of racism are one of the most powerful offensive techniques in modern political discourse.  Not only do they diminish the credibility of the accused, they effectively silence him because he now has devote all his attention to explain why he isn’t a racist, much as a weak man when pushed by a strong one must expend all of his energy to resist being pushed backwards.   And no matter how hard you resist, you will not be able to completely resist the charge of racism.  However, the latter silencing effect of an accusation of racism can be completely avoided, by simple non-resistance.  When confronted with an accusation of racism, maintain your composure offer a simple, non-committal assent, such as “you may be right” and then move on with whatever point you were trying to make.  Not only will you now get to say whatever your opponent tried to prevent you from saying by calling you a racist, you will probably startle them, since they are expecting you to fight the charge.  In PUA terms, this is rejecting your opponent’s frame.

Now what’s that you say?  “But I’m not really racist, why should I say I am?”   Yes you are.  According to the commonly used modern definition of racism, you are racist if you believe in any sort of meaningful differences in the races, or even that race itself is a valid biological concept.  You are racist if you believe the old conservative standby that some cultures lead to more achievement than others.  In fact, you are racist if you believe in ANY explanation for non-Asian-minority under-performance other than White Racism.  So own your racism, rob the term of its power to silence you, and watch your opponents squirm.  (Because they have no idea what to do when you ignore their most powerful weapon and keep on speaking uncomfortable truths to power.)

Enjoy the beautiful moment/eternity between the time your foot sweeps theirs out from under them and the time when their head slams into the mat.

You’re a Racist. Own it and outmaneuver your opponents.