If We Must Die By Claude Mckay

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“What is equality?” one might ask. We all have different views on specific topics and can describe what something truly means to one’s self like in the 3 text, “I have a dream,” by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr (published; 8/28/1963, genre; narrative and argumentative), “If we must die,” by Claude Mckay (published; 1919, genre; narrative and lyric), & “Harrison Bergeron,” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (published; October 1961, genre; satirical & dystopian science-fiction short story). In all 3 texts the authors are giving their touch on equality. Equality can convey being treated the same when a colored and a white man/woman are next to each other as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr says. You can also see equality as Mckay who thinks it’s being on the same level of strength and worth as a white man being in the shoes of a colored man. Or equality can be being exactly the same in every way as anyone around you in every exact way in Vonnegut’s eyes. All these 3 authors have a particular view on how to answer “What is equality?” and we can compare their ideas.
Dr. Martin Luther King emphasizes in his speech “I have a dream,” how the colored are not treated the same and not a seen as an equal human to the whites. “One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land.” (Dr.Martin Luther King Jr., page 1). A colored is regarded less than a white person as the text communicates. “We will be able to speed up that day when
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