Here’s another metaphor to go with my dissertation on "framing stories" below, trying to explain the difference between the McCain generation and the Obama generation.
Question: Are you ready to vote for a black man for President?
McCain generation: Yes, we are ready to show our diversity and to get beyond the politics of race, creed, color. We have fought long and hard, and we take our stand on being able to get past that divide.
Obama generation: Really? What a dumb question. Why are you asking that?
It’s looking at the options and seeing black and white, yes and no, right and wrong, on the one hand. Or on the other, it’s seeing a different starting point and wondering what all the fuss was about. Instead of arguing about our different sides, I think the cultural change coming is about asking better questions.