Analysis Of Langston Hughes 's ' The Negro Artist And The Racial Mountain ``

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During the Harlem Renaissance emerging artists sought to redefine the image of African Americans through their works to counter misconceived stigma which included perhaps most importantly, the ill-founded scientific belief that they were incapable of creative expression. Consequently, the space of Harlem invited opportunity for collaboration and publishing while simultaneously establishing the ideal era for artists to fight for the unification and acceptance of black identity. Therefore, in this context, Langston Hughes’s animosity toward Countee Cullen in “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain” seems eloquent and justifiable when Hughes obscurely claims that the black poet who wishes he were a poet is subconsciously saying, “I wish I were white” by means of supporting black progress. Hughes argues that his desire to be “a poet” rather than a “black poet” is stifling black culture which is at the heart of the Harlem Renaissance. However, Hughes argument is flawed when he argues that African American writers cannot fully express individuality without attaching a black identity to their work. Additionally, Hughes’s argument is focused on forming unnecessary standards to articulate what he expects a black writer needs to produce to be accepted into this emerging community.
Revisiting Zora Neale Hurston’s “How It Feels To Be Colored Me” she affirms it is only after learning of her black race, by which she precisely means the existing racial disparities between the two worlds,…
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