In “America,” Claude McKay writes about his love-hate relationship with the country. He ponders about the oppressiveness of America that fosters bitterness and viciousness. On the other hand, he remarks America’s ability to inspire strength and power.
I think McKay’s ambivalence towards America is a feeling that many people share. Although I agree with some of his sentiments about this nation, I lean more toward the pessimistic view. For example, growing up, I knew that I could be anything I wanted to be.
After all, America is a land filled with many opportunities and freedom. However, now I know that there are barriers that certain people have to overcome because of their race, gender, or socioeconomic class.