I Too - Essay

Topics: Black people, Race and Ethnicity, White people Pages: 3 (1104 words) Published: February 4, 2013
I, Too
All over world are people treated bad, treated like a thing which is not worth anything. All over the world people are getting treated differently, not because of their personality, but because of the color of their skin. This is called racism, which is the main subject in the poem “I, Too” written by Langston Hughes in 1932. In 1932 black people were not accepted. They were discriminated against by white people. They were killed for no reasons, separated from the white world, forced to use different facilities such as restrooms, drinking fountains and even sent to sit in the back of the buss. White people ruled the world, and there was nothing that a black person could do about it. Therefore I think Langston Hughes rote this poem. Back then it was the only way that black people could say what they were thinking without getting beaten up, or worse, killed. Langston Hughes wrote this poem because he thinks that black people are getting treated badly by white people. White people use blacks as a resource, and not as an equal member of the USA. Langston Hughes wants to remind the white population in America, that he is an American to, and therefore should be treated as one. This we see in the first line of the poem: “I, too, sing America.” What he means here is that even though he is black, he still speaks and sings American, and therefore also is an American. He two should have the rights to say and do what he wants. That I think is the voice in this poem. He reminds people that it is not the color of someone’s skin which does the person; it is the person who does the person. In a poem there are often used metaphors or imagery. “I, Too” by Langston Hughes is not an exception. We see that in the end of the poem, where he makes a metaphor that I think is really good: “I, too, am America.” He says that he is America; he doesn’t mean that he is a country. He means that the people who live in America, is America. Therefore he is America, and just as...
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