First Year Writing
Nov 24, 2012
Langston Hughes’ “Let America Be America” Opposite Perspective
The Poem “Let America Be America Again” by Langston Hughes did not have a significant impact on individuals during the time of its publication which was on July 1936. Themes of the poem, including prejudice and racism cease to remain today in the United States. Because America is considered the land of the free and the land of equal opportunity, all individuals are given the same opportunities despite the way they may look or the things they believe in.
Langston Hughes says: “I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart; I am the Negro bearing slavery’s scars. I am the red man driven from the land, I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek (Hughes, 19-24).” Although Langston Hughes conveys that certain groups of people in the past have been discriminated against and exploited, things have changed in society. Integration of blacks and whites has happened, people have learned from their mistakes and America is on its way to eliminating hate and discrimination. The “Poor White, fooled and pushed a part” represented lower class Americans who were overworked and exploited; in other words, the laborers and working class. The working class now has unions to back them up and to provide reasonable working conditions for their employees, although exploitation still occurs; it has improved significantly over time. The “Negro bearing slavery’s scars” represents African American men who were enslaved and abused because of the color of their skin; they were not given a fair chance at getting an education or living a happy life. Although it is true that African Americans were not treated equally in the past, times have changed. African Americans have become respected and important individuals in America. The president of the United States comes from African American Decent and was trusted to lead this country. America...