The problem with many Republicans who will swear that they’re not what so many people calls them is an lack of understanding of what is going on within themselves in addition to the rest of the world when it comes to President Obama. But I extend this analysis to Democrats and Independents as well.
The state of affairs that the President is contending with is the workings of President Bush and six years of Republican rule in Congress. To help Republicans, Democrats and in between capture a greater understanding of what is happening I use a simple example for those who are familiar with the psychological term of a schema will find to be true in addition to other terms that can be used to describe what is going on as well. I’m emphasizing the people who are acting in a certain way that believe it is not because of their own implicit bias or unconscious discrimination.
I would begin by asking not just Republicans, although they are the biggest culprits of this reality show, but direct this to anyone. A simple question that I would not expecting an answer, but to make them aware of what they’re doing.
When you think back to the idea of an apple in… lets say 1975, what would you have thought of or named?
You may have thought or said Red Delicious, Gala or even a Granny Smith apple. All would be correct.
Now fast forward 35 years to 2010 and tell me what you think of when you see or hear the word apple today?
In 1975 the known concept of what an apple is was a Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith. Today the known concept of what an apple includes iPod, iPad, MacBook to name a few.
The point is that President Obama changed our concept of what a President (apple) is or can be. It’s not just a collection of one thing (fruit), but includes something that would have been unheard of years ago when thinking of an apple; a computer, mp3 player or cultural corporate icon.
For some people it is about race, even if they refuse to admit it or fully understand it. For others, it is the ill-response to their psychological adjustment of what a president (apple) is.
How do we deal with these individuals who are demonstrating their inability to adapt to the changing American racial, political and professional cultural environment?
My suggestion is that we do not watch them sit around ‘sipping tea’ and complaining about what many of us know is gestures toward positive change. I suggest we do what we did in 2008. Educate ourselves and stop allowing them to demonize and control the conversation with ignorant suggestions and poor ideas. We must adopt one of Apple’s previous marketing slogan; Think Different.
They want to see an apple, but we see a Mac.