“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
“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 one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination.”
He is explaining about how he wants his children to not be judged by their skin color. This is an example of ethos because he is trying to convince everyone that he is a good person because he is showing how he cares about his children and he doesn’t want them to be judged.
This statement is emphasizing that America’s promise that guaranteed everyone “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” wasn’t kept since Negros are getting treated badly. He is using the check metaphor to emphasize how white people are being treated better than black people. The point of this statement was to get people fired up and angry.
Martin Luther King is explaining about how negros are still being treated poorly by the country. He is proving this point by bringing up the fact that segregation is still a huge problem in the country. Also he brings up that Negros are still getting discriminated over the color of their skin. He mentions the fact that the ‘Negro is crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination’.