Who is the speaker in the poem? Who would say this? Why would they say it? What are we able to infer about them? What is he or she like as a person? How do you know?

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The speaker in the poem is a tenant appealing to his landlord. We know that he is a black man who is fed up with the way he is generally treated, both by his landlord and by society in general, for a number of reasons. First, the imagined "headline" at the end of the poem refers to a "negro." Second, the language of the poem uses African American vernacular, in phrases such as "'member" and "these steps is."

As a person, the speaker...

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