"I Have A Dream" by Martin Luther King
"I Have A Dream"
by Martin Luther King
"In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check."
King uses this to say that they are going to get what the US promised to give them. The US promised that both black men and white men would have equal rights but during that time, back in 1963, the US had yet to fulfill it.
"America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked ' insufficient funds '. But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt."
King intends to say that he refuses to believe that colored men do not deserve justice, or that there isn't any justice left for them.
"...Seared in the flames of withering injustice"
This is a metaphor used for "slavery." In the speech he says
This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.
The joyous daybreak, meaning "free from slavery".
"I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice."
A state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of opression
is like the description of a desert. It means that Mississippi is a state where discrimination against colored men are rampant. He says that it
will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice
, a metaphor to being free from discrimination, since the oasis in a desert is where you find relief.
Martin Luther King creates a speech to tackle the racial inequality that was very rampant during the 1960s.
The Emancipation Proclamation did very little towards the injustice against the colored people.
Later in the speech he mentions how there are still signs that say "Whites Only" proving that even after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, racial discrimination was still very rampant.
What kind of future does Martin Luther King, Jr. envision?
What was the role of American history in Martin Luther King, Jr. 's overall argument?
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech is about how the U.S. government owes the black people freedom and justice. He makes the speech with the intention of inspiring Americans to end racial discrimination against the blacks.