Inequality In Langston Hughes's Let America Be America Again

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From the beginning of time, inequality has been a necessity in the differentiation of one person from another. Whether in the Indian Hindu Caste System thousands of years ago or the segregation of blacks and whites in America 50 years ago; inequality has always separated classes. Langston Hughes, an African American poet front the Harlem Renaissance writes mostly about racial inequality in the poem “Let America Be America Again.” This work is about how all immigrants who come to America in pursuit of the American Dream quickly realize that the actions necessary to achieve their dreams and liberate themselves from the inequality that is natives and immigrants are far more demanding than the chains that previously bound them in other countries. Slightly fewer than 100 years ago, the Harlem Renaissance was a time of major income inequality between classes and sexes. Though, for the most part, racial inequality is a thing of the past, history holds true in the sense that within cultures, when one form of inequality is eradicated or alleviated, …show more content…
The group that discriminates or promotes inequality in some way is usually close minded; luckily we have a way to “open our minds” to what others experience and that mechanism is poetry. Poetry allows us to not just focus on one method of thinking (inequality-discrimination), rather it allows us to not only use other’s words, but also to use our own minds to come together as one. In a way, poetry frees us from the chains that are inequality and discrimination and unites groups as one to hopefully, one day, bring an end to inequality between black, white, straight, and gay. Geoffrey Gluckman summarizes this in the following quote from the book Deadly Exchange: “One race, many cultures, one

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