liveonearth (liveonearth) wrote,
liveonearth
liveonearth

I, too, sing America

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

Tomorrow,
I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody’ll dare
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”
Then.

Besides,
They’ll see how beautiful I am,
And be ashamed—

I, too, am America.

-Langston Hughes, 1926

Tags: america, blacks, culture, isms, poetry, race, revolution
Subscribe

  • People from a strange race all look the same

    There are those who would say I am an a-hole because I have a hard time telling apart the three Indian men that I know. They are all great people,…

  • Poem OTD: Treasure the Ordinary

    “Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness. Help them instead to…

  • QotD: Body Holds Truth

    The truth about our childhood is stored up in our body, and although we can repress it, we can never alter it. Our intellect can be deceived, our…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Comments allowed for friends only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 0 comments