Claude Mckay If We Must Die

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In the summer of 1919, whites all across America committed riots and hate crimes, resulting in extreme racial mistreatment of African American. The poem “If We Must Die” by Claude McKay demands attention to the ongoing racial abuse to black population of the time. The Harlem Renaissance aided McKay in the development of his pride for the African American culture as well as his rage towards whites who disrespect the black congregation. The poem illustrates an inspiring need for change between the white community and African American population. This piece of literature portrays a theme of honor after death and infers the idea that dying an honorable death results in respect.
The structure is a Shakespearean sonnet, containing fourteen lines
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