|"The Dream" is over. The Awakening is beginning|
In a sense we have come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
It is obvious today that 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, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds." But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check -- a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.Black people in America were granted a blank check. It is this speech that gives them virtual immunity from being judged by either the content of their character or the color of their skin. It was this speech that gave Black America a check with unlimited funds to guarantee whatever freedoms they deemed necessary and sufficient for past inequities -- real or imaginary.
And because they were granted a virtual American Express Black Card, Black people have now bankrupted America.
It is my belief that almost all white people in America have tried to live by the sacred words of King, of judging people based on their character. And not the color of their skin.
Detroit lies in ruins now, because of our blind, complete, and absolute devotion to the "dream" espoused by a man almost two score and a decade ago. As does Birmingham.
But Black people have failed to hold up their end of the deal that King claimed was a dream of his back in 1963. A dream that usurped (with demonic zeal) whatever founding principles once guided this nation.
What would happen if white people - even if it was only a minority of white people at first - stated clearly that the bank of justice was now insolvent? That freedom had failed, because Black people had maxed out the credit they were given.
What if "Negro Fatigue" has finally caused the ATM that Black people could access 24/7 (powered by white guilt) to finally malfunction.
What if this ATM reads "insufficient funds" because that guilt has finally dissipated?
What if the check that Black people were granted in the 1960s has finally bounced?
What if "the dream" was dead, because enough people realized it wasn't being properly observed by a significant portion of one segment of the population?
We could have been on Mars, but we gave Black America a check of unlimited freedom (with absolute no repercussions or consequences for their actions) that demanded the pursuit of happiness only refer to their sensibilities. Their well-being.
Black people have been presenting a bad check over and over again since King delivered his speech in 1963; for too long white America looked the other way when the check bounced, smiling the whole time.
Because we became a nation dedicated to Black-Run America (BRA), we now have insufficient funds for everyone.
Though few are prepared to admit the truth - and the powerful implications of what the repudiation of it means - the "dream" is dead.