Comparison Of Racism In America By Langston Hughes And Dear White America

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As of late, racism has been a topic on everyone’s lips. Whether it’s because of police brutality in certain regions of the USA, or due to the president-elect of the United States, Donald Trump. “I, Too” by Langston Hughes and “Dear White America” by Danez Smith both talk about this very serious topic. Although these two poems are from completely different time periods, both discuss the same matter, which is racism towards African Americans.
To begin, these two poems discuss racism in the United States of America towards African Americans. Both poems were written during two completely different eras. One being from 1926 while the other dates from 2014. These two poems have been written almost 100 years apart, yet this subject is still as relevant today as it was in 1926. When Langston Hughes wrote “I, Too,” in 1926, I don’t think that he would’ve ever expected that a century
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In “Dear White America”, Smith discusses the current problems that the United States of America have. He says: “[…] ‘why does it always have to be about race?’ Because you made it that way! […]” (5) This example can be related to the “All Lives Matter” movement which went against the “Black Lives Matter” saying that everyone’s life matters. Which is true, but the Black Lives Matter movement was not created to make themselves more important than other races. It was created to say that they need to matter because nobody seems to care about what is going on to them. ”, As for “I, Too”, Langston Hughes talks about how he’s also American and how he’s also a human just like the other’s even though he’s not seen as equal due to his skin color. He says: “I am the darker brother. They send me to eat in the kitchen. When company comes,” (2) He’s referring to white Americans sending him away when visit comes to the house. This leads us to believe that he’s not welcomed to sit with them due to his skin color which is extremely