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What is the analysis of the Poem "You and your whole race."? - By Langston Hughes?
05-26-2013, 05:01 AM
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What is the analysis of the Poem "You and your whole race."? - By Langston Hughes?
You and your whole race.
By Langston Hughes 1902–1967 Langston Hughes
You and your whole race.
Look down upon the town in which you live
And be ashamed.
Look down upon white folks
And upon yourselves
And be ashamed
That such supine poverty exists there,
That such stupid ignorance breeds children there
Behind such humble shelters of despair—
That you yourselves have not the sense to care
Nor the manhood to stand up and say
I dare you to come one step nearer, evil world,
With your hands of greed seeking to touch my throat, I dare you to come one step nearer me:
When you can say that
you will be free!

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05-26-2013, 05:10 AM
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Hughes is angry at middle-class African Americans. He blames them for not speaking up in defense of poor, lower-class African Americans. He believes that this silence keeps lower-class African Americans in a state of constant poverty.

source: see third paragraph -
http://cvillehomeless.wordpress.com/2012...p-english/

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