“But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination” (I have a Dream speech, by Martin Luther King Jr.).
One hundred years ago the black race of humanity was considered property owned by powerful white men, that all believed in the crucial American value - freedom.
They believed that all men were created equal, that all men had the same chances to move up the social ladder in the same way as their American idols such as George Washington had done many years prior.
Also, the language is very important in the short story because is reviles a lot about the environ-ment. The narrator uses a lot of slang with some grammatic flaws (page 5, line 1)
“I don’t know anything and I don’t want to see no dead people.” This gives the reader a further understanding of the narrator’s education.
So, they use a lot of mundane language, also when they are speaking to the police which shows us that the police do not have the same authority in Harlem.
This is a result of police brutality which causes the lack of respect and therefore the narrator appears more threatening towards the police.
Furthermore, we can mention the themes in the short story. The themes that the short story fo-cuses a lot on is: racism, police brutality and brotherhood.
The biggest theme is racism because the story focuses a lot on the prejudice that black encounter from the police this is also shown when the narrator is forced to follow the police (page 5, line 3) “(…) they made me go up there with them.”