Hayes talks about the problems of racism in Talk through a poplar experience that doesn’t have to do with slavery or segregation. Hayes is narrating the poem as if it is based on a true story or a possible story that could have happened. In the first stanza he paints us a picture that him and his white friend, M, were in the locker room alone. Hayes impersonated M.L.K and Ronald Reagan, which gave M the idea that it was alright for him to say "Talk like a nigger now." Reading that line the reader may think that an altercation would occur but the narrator didn 't react that way.
In Coates’s letter to his son, he wrote about the racial injustices that African Americans lived through from now and back then. Although most Americans believe that all the promises of the Civil Rights Movement have been realized based on Obama’s speech on Selma, after analyzing a Langston Hughes poem, Martin Luther King Jr.’s letter, and the article “A Letter To My Son” it is clear that we still have a long way from truly ridding America of racial tensions and progressing toward becoming a more integrated America. If you were to look at the world through the eyes of an African American back in the 1950’s, you would notice that everything is in black and white rather than color.
While we learned very little about how slavery was abolished in the United States and especially globally, I knew this would be important fact in our history all over the world. I never heard the name George Washington Williams until this very class, and I find that discouraging, to be honest. George Washington Williams was a well-educated man. During the time George Washington Williams had the most influence, was a time of deep oppression and racism toward the Black community. People actually believed that these African Americans did not possess any social or intellectual qualities that would make them writers of substance.
“I, Too” creates the world where people are treated equally. With so much discrimination and segregation occurring in the 20th century, it was a world that people wished for. The poem could be considered as patriotic. The poem talks about how the speaker has darker skin, and how he is usually sent to the kitchen to eat while there is people over. He then imagines a day where he can eat at the table with others and that they will see how beautiful he is and how “ashamed” (Hughes, 17) they were for their previous thoughts of him.
At the school, Grant is very verbally abusive to the children and ridicules them every chance he gets. Meanwhile, Jefferson just spends every day sitting quietly in his cell, with no emotion or ambition to do anything else. The contrast of the jail and the church contributes to the work by demonstrating the different lifestyles of the two men once Jefferson is thrown in jail. Grant is at first extremely opposed to trying to teach and reach out to Jefferson. He does not want anything to do with it.
He is the school teacher of the Quarter, so he is not only looked down on for being black, but educated also. As an educated man, he demands respect from even the white men, so he has a hard time playing into the role of an obedient black man. When Tante Lou makes Grant go “up the quarter” with her and Miss Emma to visit Henri Pichot, they have to go in through the side entrance to get to the house for it’s the only entrance that leads from the quarter to the house. They then had to go in through the back door like slaves had before the war years before. After university, he felt above it all.
Just go on and be the nigger you were born to be, but forget about life" (Gaines Chapter 8). Antoine confirms Grant's impression that in order to experience a life free of regret and full of happiness, then he must leave the South. Antoine convinces Grant that his only options are to run away from his problems and attempt to create a new life for himself, or to stay in the South and be continually beaten up by the white racists. When Grant visits Mathew Antoine on his deathbed, Grant asks him for advice as a teacher, and he responds with, “'It doesn’t matter anymore,' he said. 'Just do the best you can.
Malcolm X the Ballot or The Bullet states that every single black faced the same problem being the only ones who can fix it. Malcolm acknowledges his fellow people by saying “All of us have suffered here, in this country, political oppression by the hands of a white man, economic exploitation at the hands of a white man, and social degradation at the hands of the white man". Malcolm X's integrity and propaganda regrading every black male and women's issue. Malcolm's speech in fact did pave the way for blacks to have that freedom. The Ballot or the Bullet rather insinuates ethos logos, and pathos throughout the speech with creditability, logical evidence, and Malcolm's tone.
There are so many writers and people who do not write also that look up to him. He accepted the challenge of expressing the heart and soul of African Americans. Keenly aware of racism, Hughes visioned a nation where domestic problems could be realized. Hughes in his poetry, expressed his own reactions to incidents in his life and in the world at large. Langston Hughes left such a lasting impression on poetry , black culture, and the people in his life, that he changed the way they lived with the spirit and soul he put into his
Langston Hughes is an African American Poet who is very closely connected to his culture and expresses his feelings very thoroughly through his poetry in a jazz style. Langston Hughes is a modern poet who ignore the classical style of writing poetry and instead, in favor of oral and improve traditions of the Black culture. In majority of Langston’s poetry, many of his audience seems to take away a very strong message that many can apply to themselves or to others or his poems gives you an educational background of what’s going on in the African American community right now. For example, Langston Hughes writes a poetry piece called Afro American Fragment, which gives you a great breakdown of what an everyday African American person goes through considering that their whole history is basically taken away from them. Langston seems to show his audience that in books we never hear much about what contributions a African American person has done except for being brought to America and being a slave.