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Martin Luther King: Default Insufficient Funds

Posted by admin on Monday, August 28, 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr. Money Quote saying in his ‘I have a Dream’ speech on August 28, 1963 that Constitutional promise to all Americans check has bounced for those of color. Martin Luther King, Jr. said:
 
America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. America has given the Negro people a bad check which has come back marked 'insufficient funds' Quote
 

“America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check which has come back marked ‘insufficient funds'” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

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In this quote, Martin Luther King Jr. is referring to the unfulfilled promises of equality, justice and fair treatment that were owed to Black Americans based on the founding principles and values of the United States.

He describes the U.S. as having “defaulted” or failed to deliver on its obligations to its non-white citizens as outlined in this “promissory note” of liberty, dignity and equal protection under law. King asserts that rather than honoring its commitment of justice for all, America has provided African Americans with a “bad check” in the form of insufficient and unrealized progress towards remedying racial inequities.

His view is that the nation had not made good on its debt of full civil rights, and the funds (actions and political will) backing this obligation were found to be lacking when presented for redemption.

Birthday: January 15, 1929 – Died (assassinated) April 4, 1968

 

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