Today, Princess thinks you are human. (I told you she was unpredictable.)

I Love Donald J. Trump

Thank God for president-elect Donald Trump

Still, I love him for who God made him to be. He was made in the image of God. But we made Trump in our image. We are angry, judgmental, fearful, proud, envious, greedy, thieving, adulterous, murderous, selfish, lying hucksters who only want our own way and have difficulty feeling empathy for people other than ourselves. We need Trump to hold up a mirror to ourselves to recognize our own hatred and self-loathing. We project those feelings on others by lashing out in destructive and self-destructive behaviours.

Trump is a TV reality star. He is the devil’s apprentice. He is the American Idol. If we went to Sunday School, we learned that humans, angels, idols and empires fall.

A Parable

Once upon a time, people used to believe in God, sin, hell and eternal damnation. Then the people who believed these things more than the others created hell on earth for the other people. They damned the others to eternal, conscious torment in a living hell while preaching a gospel of repentance, forgiveness, reconciliation, and love. This is cognitive dissonance.

Sinners

People stopped believing in God because the people who believed in God were angry, judgmental, fearful, proud, envious, greedy, thieving, adulterous, murderous, selfish, lying hucksters who only wanted their own way and had difficulty feeling empathy for people other than themselves.

Which group are the sinners: the people who believe in God or the people who don’t believe?

Your answer will reveal your implicit bias.

Proverbs

These will be the words of Donald J. Trump if he really is the Christian that he claims to be and learns the basics of human decency. (We can negotiate a speechwriting contract at your earliest convenience.)

Note: excuse my use of the masculine pronoun. The English language contains its own implicit bias and is inherently patriarchal.

Ask a child to do something and he will probably say no. If he accepts his responsibility, he is on the first step on the road to adulthood.

Ask a person if he is immature and he will probably deny it. If he accepts the label, he is on the first step on the road to self-awareness and maturity.

Ask an alcoholic if he is an alcoholic and he will probably deny it. If he accepts the label, he is on the first step to recovery and self-respect.

Ask a sinner if he believes he is a sinner and he will probably deny it. If he accepts the label, he is on the first step in the process of repentance, forgiveness and reconciliation.

Ask a racist if he is a racist and he will probably deny it. If he accepts the label, he is on the first step to recognizing his own implicit bias.

In other words, he recognizes that he unconsciously categorizes, stereotypes and discriminates. He has been culturally conditioned to mentally sort people into groups, often without knowing it, and to rank them into social hierarchies, placing each individual, including himself, on a continuum from inferior to superior. He cannot help himself from doing this because he is human, and that is how his brain works.

The common categories that we use to group people are based on methods used by advertisers and marketers to manipulate people into accepting that they are consumers with a social identity that is based on their preference for particular products, brands and lifestyles. The religion of demographics has created a system based on empirical research and data that has led people to the conclusion that there are differences in the purchasing patterns of consumers that correlate with a person’s social identity. These qualitative differences are usually defined by the social constructs used to divide groups of people by race, religion, nationality, geographic region, economic status, profession, and political affiliation, among a host of other criteria.

Don’t let people manipulate you and con you into buying something you don’t need.

Ask a person if he is wrong and he will probably deny it. If he accepts the label, he is on the first step to humility by recognizing his own self-righteousness.

Ask a human if he is human and he will probably say, Yes. He has accepted he is human. The connotation of the word, “human,” is that people are flawed and susceptible to error, mistakes, failure, vice, sin, with poor judgment, perception, and decision-making skills. We are all in a learning process.

We need Donald Trump and Donald Trump needs us. We are all in this together. So, we need to hold Donald Trump responsible for any behaviour that resembles anger, discrimination, fear, pride, envy, greed, robbery, adultery, murder, selfishness, dishonesty, salesmanship and manipulation. Let’s not call him a racist. That’s just mean, hurtful and a little too personal. He has been made in the image of God. He is human. He is in a learning process and we can all help him and each other be better people by holding each other accountable.

Social Studies

I called us all “racists” because I was engaging in a social experiment to see if we could recognize our own implicit bias. Those who responded with silence, denial, and outrage about being accused of racism, rather than saying that they identified with what I was saying, may have been self-identifying as those who may not yet recognize their own implicit bias. Silence, denial, and outrage for being accused of racism is often the response victims get when they say they are being abused or oppressed. Of course, it actually proves nothing about whether we are actually engaging in racist behaviour. How could it? However, I did have a thought perhaps worth considering.

People of privilege do not get the privilege of defining racism. That privilege is reserved for the oppressed.

We are all human and we are all in a learning process. I love you and I hope we can be friends. Through challenging conversations and an openness to listen, we may better understand each other and what racism might mean to those who are experiencing it.

I love you, Donald Trump. You seem like a nice guy under all that bravado. I hope we can be friends. Just know that we will all hold you to account to take your responsibility seriously. I know you can be a better human being. We all can.

Class Notes

This article from Vox is an excellent explanation of the research and conclusions regarding the social science on the topic of implicit bias. And, as I said in my previous article, we ignore science at our own peril.

The cure for implicit bias is love for the orphan, the widow and the stranger. Take your medicine along with a spoonful of sugar (not literally, because … diabetes). Here, I offer an antidote called inclusion as a cure for the disease called exclusion.

Note: I gave you a trick question when I asked you about grouping the sinners. The right answer, at least according to the “good book,” is “all of us.” We are all sinners, saved by grace. Congratulations to those who answered correctly. That concludes our Sunday School lesson for the day on implicit bias. You have been a wonderful audience.

P.S. The association of the terms “school” and “audience” should cause some cognitive dissonance. These two terms should rarely be used together, if we want to teach children to be kind. Life is not a spectator sport.

P.P.S. This article has been brought to you by the letters D, J and T, with the participation of paternalism, self-righteousness, condescension, and elitist, intellectual jargon.

Designer, writer, educator, social architect, founder, Builders Collective, Leading with Design. https://stephenbau.com

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