Langston Hughes' America Essays

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“America the melting pot.” An expression used by many and often said in a prideful manner. We Americans like to think of ourselves as all accepting and welcoming to everyone, and while that may be true in general, discrimination still exist throughout the country. Fortunately, racism has significantly lowered thanks to the Civil rights movement. Each American can now express who they are without a major fear of contempt or prejudice. Prior to the Civil rights movement, racism ran rampant, particularly in the south. The Harlem renaissance, which took place throughout the 1920’s, helped spur the Civil Rights movement. It was around this time African Americans really started to push themselves forward in society. One successful poet of that…show more content…
Later in his poem, Hughes brings back the topic of truth and how it is not universal. “It’s not easy to know what is true for you or me/at twenty-two, my age” (“Theme B” 16-17). In the case of this poem, the thought that a black man was lesser than a white man isn’t necessarily truth for both sides. Not all white people think that way and most African Americans didn’t believe that to be true either. The idea of truth differs for each person. Continuing his poem, Hughes delves even more into the idea of truth. “I guess being colored doesn’t make me not like/ the same things other folks like who are other races” (“Theme B” 25-26). The lines are relatively easy to understand. There is the notion that the difference in race changes what you can or can’t like, which is an ignorant thought. Race has nothing to do with your likes or dislikes. The speaker of the poem mentions his color, yet again, and questions why it should matter. Towards the end of the poem Hughes leaves the reader with something to think about: Sometimes perhaps you don’t want to be a part of me Nor do I often want to be a part of you But we are, that’s true! As I learn from you, I guess you learn from me- Although you’re older-and white- And somewhat more free (“Theme B” 34-41) The first lines can be thought of as an almost familial relationship. There
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