Claude Mckay's The Lynching

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During 1870 to 1930, Black lives objectively improved in the United States. The African American population gained more political rights, and found creativity during the Harlem Renaissance to create works that they could call their own. Through the passing of legislature to make lynchings of African American’s illegal, Blacks felt they had more freedom to express themselves. This legislature made Blacks feel able to move in search of prosperity. Through gaining more freedoms, African Americans moved to the north to build free communities where they flowered within their African American communities. Poetry written by prolific African American writers during this flowering In the post emancipation era, African American’s were still treated below…show more content…
In the southern states that embraced slavery, Black lives before reformation were filled with the imminent sense of death. Lynchings, brutal and horrific deaths for punishment plagued the southern United States, ruining the lives of the Black victims who were subject to this horrific treatment. The lynchings of African Americans were horrible. In Claude Mckay's poem aptly named “The Lynching”, the narrator experiences a “ghastly body swaying in the sun”. The hate towards Blacks was so embedded in society that little kids “Danced round the dreadful thing in fiendish glee.” These kids were so happy and cheerful about a dead black woman that they deemed it appropriate to dance around her. The culture was so twisted that no white people had an issue with killing a fellow human being, the only difference being their skin tone. Blacks were terribly treated and viewed, they had no respect at all from white people. From 1900 to 1931, the lynchings of African Americans dropped…show more content…
Black people were now viewing themselves as equal to whites, even if the whites didn’t believe it. Langston Hughes writes in his 1926 poem, “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain”, that “We younger Negro artists who create now intend to express our individual dark-skinned selves without fear or shame. If white people are pleased we are glad. If they are not, it doesn't matter.” The Renaissance gave blacks a new identity. They stopped going with the white impression of them, and viewing themselves as less equal to whites. They were standing up for themselves, saying how that they believe that they are equal to everyone else, and how they don’t care what anyone else thinks as they were content with who they were. According to the U.S. Census of Historical Statistics from the years 1870-1920, the negro population died down in the south, while at the same time gaining in the north. This was due to a large movement of African Americans to the north of the country, where they could find established communities to develop themselves. They found new societies in these communities, which enabled them to feel free, and give them room to find new jobs, and become creative. This flowering enabled writers and artists like Langston Hughes and Aaron Douglas to find their stride, and create art that would be impossible to create

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