Now I was eight and very small
And he was no whit bigger
And so I smiled, but he poked out
His tongue and called me, “Nigger”(“Incident” 5-8).
Cullen was looking back at time when he was younger when he was called a racial slur just because of his skin colour. Many other African Americans went through something similar, where a white person would be discriminatory towards them because of how they look, which is why the poem became very popular.
We remember the job we never had
Never could get
And can’t have now
Because we’re …show more content…
Both Hughes and Cullen described their own experiences with discrimination and how it affected them through works of poetry that motivated other black people to write about their struggles with racism. Black people during the 1900s were all mistreated and frowned upon pretty much their whole lives and are still mistreated today.. The Harlem Renaissance was a very important period for black people because it sparked a thought within them that being accepted by the white people was now less important to