Obama, please borrow your dream for Old Burma

Burmanized part of the article ‘I have a dream’ by Sim Kwang Yang | Aug 30, 08 from Malaysiakini

In the past week, numerous orators in the American Democratic Convention have made reference to the fact that this year marks the 45th anniversary of the “I have a dream” speech made by Martin Luther King. Meanwhile, they proceeded to nominate an African-American to be a presidential candidate for the first time in their history. 

bill hilarry clinton campaign 061007 obamaIt must be noted that King’s dream is

  • not a dream only for Afro-American dream;
  • it was meant to be the reformulation of the American dream.

Barrack Osama’s (Correction : should be Obama) campaign is run entirely on

  • an appeal towards reviving
  • and reinventing this American dream,
  • rather than succumbing again to Bush’s past campaign of xenophobic fear.

Back in Burma, we have Burmese dreams, Burmese Muslims’ dreams, Burmese Chinese dreams, Shan, Chin, Kachin, Kayah, Karen, Rohingya and Ethnic Minorities’ dreams. We have as many dreams as there are ethnic communities, thanks to the 60 years of race based politics. So where is the one Myanmar / Burma dream to unite and define our polyglot citizens into one proud people.

08-08-88 has been a watershed in our history. To describe any historical event as a watershed is to indulge in cliché I know. In this case, the cliché may be warranted. 

From here on, the political waters in our country may be flowing in a different direction. The idea of justice for all may be just the kind of concept that is needed to transcend the narrow constricting strait jacket of racial politics. The old idea of “justice” needs to be beefed up, but the ten-thousand mile long march must begin with the first step.

 

  1. DR SAN OO AUNG ‘s Burma Dream in Burma Digest
  2. DREAMS OF MYANMAR/BURMESE MUSLIMS
  3. I have a dream, Part 3

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