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

from Martin Luther King, Jr – I Have A Dream on Rap Genius

Meaning

Martin Luther King Jr. believed that things could still change, and with that in mind he delivered these words; hoping to make a difference. And his check he did cash

Kanye West echoed a similar sentiment, albeit in a manner dissimilar to King’s, on “All Falls Down”: a track that deals with racism at a time when most people were trying to convince themselves that our country’s longstanding display of racism had come to an end.

“I won’t be satisfied till all my niggas get it.. Get it?”

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