McKay on Evil

“If We Must Die” and “The White House” by Claude McKay is a favorite of mine; it denotes the evils of human nature while silently asking why one must die to cowards who promote Jim Crow and the brutality of conflict. I will be teaching this piece as well as the challenges McKay faced being both Negro and gay in Jim Crow America. Mckay is a great example of WEB Du Bois’s notion of double-consciousness, except McKay best embodies a triple consciousness, being Negro, American, and gay


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