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Man, if I had a nickel for every time I've seen the whole white-goes-first-in-chess thing as a metaphor for black-white racial relations I'd... well, I'd probably only have about twenty or thirty cents, but it's still played out!

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(Thursday afternoon, INT: WW and SW's apartment)

SW: So does white go first, like in chess?
JH: I... hadn't thought about it. I guess so, to keep things simple.
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WW: Mm. Maybe I should play white, then.
JH: Oh God. Can we please not make this a race thing? I really can't deal with that right now.
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WW: I wasn't making it a race thing. My name is White. Wallace White. Also, I like going first.
JH: Right, right, of course. Sorry. I just... I'm sensitive about people being sensitive about things right now. Sorry. Forget I said anything.
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SW: Maybe you should make the two sides gay versus straight instead.
WW: That may be difficult to render graphically.