Sunday, March 1, 2015

MLK & Indian Parents

To mark the end of February & Black History Month I figured it would be good to reflect on things by taking famous MLK quotes and re-interpreting them from the perspective of Indian parents. While MLK was inspired by Gandhi some of the similarities may end there...
MLK: "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Desi: “Be silent about things that matter to you.”
MLK: “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
Desi: “We reject the infinite disappointment you bring us"
MLK: “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well'...”
Desi: “I am not understanding this.”
MLK: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
Desi: “Silence your friends”
MLK: "Intelligence plus character- that is the goal of true education.”
Desi: “The goal of true education is to be a doctor”
MLK: "If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
Desi: “Why didn't you get 1st place?"
MLK: “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
Desi: “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” 
MLK: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Desi: “A social mis-step anywhere is a threat to our community standing everywhere”
MLK: “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”
Desi: “Children are to be seen, not heard"
MLK: “I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.”
Desi: “We have a nightmare of you holding the hands with anyone in plain public until you are married”
MLK: “No person has the right to rain on your dreams.”
Desi: “We will tell you your dreams when you are old enough."

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