I Had a Dream - by Martin Luther Zhou


I Had a Dream

Martin Luther Zhou :-)

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I had a dream last night.

I had a dream that the NBA would make it easier for Asian players to get in because they wanted to close the achievement gap between Asian players and African American players.

I had a dream that the Major League Baseball was recruiting more African American players because they were under-represented there.

I had a dream that the National Hockley League would lower the bar for Hispanic players because there were too many White players.

I had a dream they changed the rules for the high school football team tryout, to include the use of “group-specific norms… with comparable backgrounds”.  As a result, more Asian players made the team.

I had a dream that they eliminated the high school basketball tryout, and my son made it to the team simply because he had more “motivation and persistence”.

I had a dream that my daughter made it to her high school cheerleading team over far more talented White, Hispanic and African American girls, because they want to have more Asian representation in the team.

Then I woke up.

I asked myself – Is this the kind of cheerleading team I want my daughter to go to? Is this the basketball team I want my son to go to?  Are these the schools I want my children to go to? Is this the community I want my children to grow up in? Is this the country we want to live in?  Is this what equality really about?  Is this what America really want?

That was my dream last night. And here’s what Dr. Martin Luther King said 53 years ago in his speech “I have a dream”:

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

This is the real dream I have today.