Happy Martin Luther King Day.
Now I’m not the epitome of a social activist; I’m just some schmuck that writes basketball almost on a daily basis. But you know what? Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream just like you and me. Recognize what this man has done for us. Remember how much he gave to this great country of ours. The man did a lot of work to end discrimination and racial segregation. If it wasn’t for that tragic assassination in 1968, he could’ve lived long enough to see that America IS moving towards his dream.
I have met all kinds of people from all walks of life. Each person has a gift. Each person has a talent. Does it matter if they’re a white American? Does it matter if they’re of African-American descent? No, it doesn’t. As long as you treat the person next to you with respect, it shouldn’t matter what color of skin they have. We’re all trying to live a good life in this great country of ours. The person’s skin color is out of their control when they are born. Why must we continue to live in the past? Is something from 200 years ago the fault of an individual? Of course not. As in everywhere in life, we try to correct mistakes so history doesn’t repeat itself. All we can do is try to make the best of what life has been given to us. This is not just limited to America. There are great people from all over the world. I am not only proud to know people from this great country but I am also proud to know people from countries like Canada and the Philippines.
As an Asian-American living here (or to those that want to dispute, Filipino-American, but does that really matter in the big picture?) in California, I am glad that people have looked past my background and my race. I am just here writing about the sport that I love that wouldn’t be possible years ago if it wasn’t for Dr. King. Heck, the sport of basketball wouldn’t be the sport it is today if it wasn’t for Dr. King. I can’t imagine a time when African-Americans and other minorities can’t do a lot of things because of the color of their skin. No more of that. We’re in the year 2011. Almost 48 years after Martin Luther King, Jr. stood at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and shared his dream with America. And about two years ago, we had sworn in a president who has some African descent. We have come a long way. Is it perfect? No, of course not. Probably even far from it. But we’re going to keep on working towards Dr. King’s dream.
So I ask you, NBA fan… or even anyone that comes across this… look around you and look how good you have it with life. Isn’t it nice to talk to people regardless of their skin color? We have Dr. King to thank for that. And for all of us NBA-heads, there are 13 games on the schedule today. Imagine if we had to worry about watching a basketball game because of their skin color. No longer do we have to. We can just sit back and enjoy the games. Most importantly, we can enjoy life without any penalties for skin color. Not just today but every single day.
Somewhere, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is smiling.
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