I. Too, Have a Dream

In my dream, a new generation of black leaders takes the stage and proclaims a new vision for African Americans.  In my dream, they not only pay tribute toMartin Luther King’s famous speech, they actually listen to what he had to say.  In my dream, they follow his advice to stop wallowing in the past’s valley of despair and instead look for practical ways to achieve his noble aspirations.  In my dream, instead of endlessly dredging up instances of perceived institutional racism, they speak optimistically of all the new opportunities open to educated young black men and women.  In my dream, they extoll successful black role models in walks of life besides those in sports and entertainment.  In my dream, they entreat all wealthy African-Americans to engage in the kind of social endeavors that so many of their piers have already pursued.  In my  dream, they encourage black rappers to find something positive to say or take up another profession.

In my dream, they inspire the black community to honestly address its internal problems, to roll up its sleeves, and work to overcome them just as generations of other Irish, Polish, German, Eastern Europeans, and Asian minorities have done.  In my dream, they recreate the traditional, cohesive, disciplined black family.  In my dream, African-American pastors inspire their congregations to lead the good life– stressing the importance of morality, honesty, and civil behavior.

In my dream, they extend Dr. King’s plea for nonviolence into the inner city. In my dream, black civic leaders partner with their white counterparts in urging their local politicians to divide the urban landscape into clearly demarcated neighborhoods insulated from through traffic.  In my dream the residents of these neighborhoods form councils that enlist volunteers to pickup trash, to initiate improvement projects, to patrol their streets, and generally promote pride in their areas.

In my dream, they call upon black parents to revolt against the incompetent, corrupt, and callous educational establishment that had been imposed upon them by power-hungry, money-grabbing union leaders.  In my dream, independent-minded school boards demand that their educators produce improved, verifiable results or make way for principals and teachers who can.  And in my dream, government rewards every deserving needy child with a scholarship to a community college or four-year university.

In my dream, black voters no longer allow their mirrors to dictate their political decisions.  That they stop accepting the tired promises of manipulative, discredited politicos and, instead, vote in their genuine self-interest.  In my dream, they stop the government from creating a virtual black ghetto by segregating its statistics by race.  In my dream, they ask their black brothers to turn their backs on Uncle Sam’s Cabin, Simon-Legree bureaucrats, and the tyranny of entitlements handed out in exchange for political bondage.  In my dream, they exort all Americans to proudly stand together as citizens of a truly colorblind, united society of equals.

In my dream, Dr. King looks down benevolently upon his new disciples and commends them for spreading the spirit and meaning of his words in order that the peaceable well being of his flock can at last come to pass.


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2 Responses to “I. Too, Have a Dream”
  1. Dan says:

    Thanks, Alton. I had never heard of Boondocks until your comment. What I have learned since is that the TV episode was titled “The Return of the King,” It was the ninth segment of the 2005-6 first Boondocks season, directed by Aaron McGruder. The twenty-one minute show aired January 15, 2006. As you mentioned the “rejuvenated” Dr. King deplored what he found. “What’s happened to our people,” he asks. And “I don’t think I belong in this world.” At the end of the show, he takes the pulpit for the last time and lambastes his audience of African-Americans and, in disgust, takes off for Canada. Needless to add, the biting segment could not have been made by a white production company. Anyone interested in seeing the show can find it on I-Tunes. Just enter the title in its search box, click on the Boondock’s First Season icon, and scroll down to the ninth entry. Download cost is $2.00. You will need an I-Tunes account.

  2. alton Brown says:


    There was/is an animated cartoon called “boondocks” by a black cartoonist that satirizes many of the issues you raise here. There was an especially interesting episode about MLK alternate reality in which he went into a coma for the last 40 years instead of dieing, and how he reacts (in htis imaginary scenario) to the modern black culture. Try to find it and view it if you can. It aired about 2 – 4 years ago.


    Alton Brown

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