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Comment 71 of 241, added on May 12th, 2006 at 1:15 PM.

I love this poem, it is truly inspiring and i totally agree with it, the
world should be free and everyone treated fairly. good job langston

Bernardo from United States
Comment 70 of 241, added on April 29th, 2006 at 11:11 AM.

what an awesome poen i love it this poem os the best yet it describes
america so well and how the people behave i dont know how people love it
here so much but i dont. living in america as a muslim is so hard you
experience a lot of racism and i hate it. just so that everyone out there
knows NO WHERE IS PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!1

NABILAH from United States
Comment 69 of 241, added on April 11th, 2006 at 10:23 AM.

ok seriously this is truth...to all of the ignorant racists who have been
leaving comments on this poem just go ahead and shoot yourselves in the
face...langston hughes had one of the greatest literary minds that this
country has ever known and he was able to publish and receive praise for
this and other poems at a time when he and other people of differnt races
and relgions were being greatly oppressed. you all think of this poem as
if it were written today where many of you obviously believe that america
has no more problems dealing with race. you have to realize that this poem
was written during a time period where this was one of the biggest problems
our country faced and for african americans, latinos, indians, immigrants,
and other races, it was their whole life. what else did he have to write
about? even if he wrote this poem today, it would still be incredible
because, regardless to what the racists commenting on this poem believe,
there still is a problem with race. yes, our country still has racial
issues. i dont know what beverly hills country club community you all grew
up in but it does exist.

this is the truth from United States
Comment 68 of 241, added on April 5th, 2006 at 8:30 AM.

America doesnt mean Democracy and Democracy doesn't mean America..

Comment 67 of 241, added on April 4th, 2006 at 11:26 PM.

I remember reading this once to my class back in 2002. I had to capture the
emotion of this poem, and be able to say it (or in certain parts, shout) as
if I meant it.

I remember one thing that went through my mind back then, and it still does
now. This poem can be applied to what we have today. America has forgotten
what it was originally about, and at this rate, it will never remember.
When the first settlers landed here to colonize, they travelled seeking
freedom. Freedom from oppression, and persecution. They wanted the freedom
to rule themselves, to be able to practice their religion(s) without being
persecuted by anyone against them. Overall, they wanted to be free from
being controlled, and a chance to be equal to one another.

This was the original concept of the American Government; a government
ruled by all of the people. Where a person can come and be just like
everyone else. Instead, we have a country where the rich make the rules,
and a government that caters to them. To those of us in the US, take a look
around. Take a look at how everything seems to revolve around those who
have and control the money, how the government can do almost anything as
they please, and how the others suffer for everything they do.

Read this poem again, and again, and again. Close your eyes, and imagine
yourself in his place. Take a glimps of the world from his eyes, and you'll
understand a bit of what he has written.

Zer0ne from United States
Comment 66 of 241, added on April 4th, 2006 at 9:34 PM.

I have been utterly shocked at some of the racist and hurtful comments on
this page. In my opinion, if this poem was posted as having an anonymous
author, no one would know that it was written by an African-American. Or
rather, if it was publicized as being written by a white author, there
would not be so many racist comments against it. THIS IS NOT a poem about
black slavery or prejudice against the African-American race. Hughes
specifically refers to "the poor white" and "red man" IN ADDITION to the
"Negro." I think the knowledge that Hughes was an African-American himself
is overriding his message in some of your minds; you automatically assume
he is lashing out at the white race because he lived in a time where racial
prejudice was (sadly) more rampant than it is today. Instead of
concentrating solely on the racial aspects of this poem (although they are
an integral part and should be considered in analyzing this work) try to
see what else Hughes is trying to get across. I agree with JenPP on the
comment that the American Dream is a perfection that we as a country will
never attain. I think that Hughes sees that; the main message is that we,
as a UNIFIED society, regardless of race or status, should do our best to
ATTEMPT to achieve what we claim our country to be: the "homeland of the

Also, as a side note to some of you who have deemed yourself poetic
critics: in the world of literature, it is rude and even incorrect to label
a work "good" or "bad." Yes, you reserve the right to express your
feelings on how you felt about the work, such as saying,"I didn't like the
way he said this," or "I love the use of allusion here." But to consider
yourself powerful enough to deem an artist's work "good" or "bad" as though
you have the final word on what is or what isn't is ridiculous; you are
giving yourself false power. Art is never "good" or "bad." It just IS.
It is your INTERPRETATION and the impact that it had on you that is either
positive or negative.

OralInterp from United States
Comment 65 of 241, added on March 29th, 2006 at 9:02 PM.

I think people need to have a better understanding of not just what they
say, and of what Hughes has said in his work, but what other people are
saying. Might I ask why controdict someone, when you are actually, in fact
agreeing? There is a diference between arguing and debating. Arguing is
child's play. Debate is for adults.

Grace from United States
Comment 64 of 241, added on March 22nd, 2006 at 4:49 PM.

To:jennifer from United Kingdom

Your post was so ignorant and I think you should know what you are talking
about when you write about America. your view are so close minded. The U.s
isn't all materialistic. It is like any other country in the world. Sure
our country has its share of problems and naive people but so does the rsst
of the world! Look at every single country and you can see their faults.
Nothing is perfect and not one person is better than the other. We are all
one race of imperfect humean beings. Everyone has their fauls but humans
have to see past the walls of established mind sets of superiority,
religion, race, countries, nations, and continental didvisions.

yarel again from United States
Comment 63 of 241, added on March 22nd, 2006 at 4:19 PM.

Everyone who reads a Langston Hughes work has to keep in mind that he lived
in a time when suppression of the black race was customary and the Jim Crow
laws where at their peak. The time of the harlem Reinassance when 90% of
black people were stuck in the south being tortured, lynched, bounded by
sharecropping, and in a way still slaves in society. Growing up in a
democratic government while these terrible things were happenning was all
that Hughes saw. Ofcourse he would look at the cummunist governments who
swear that their main agendas are equality. He was naive in this way to
blame the government when so much has gone wrong. even though cummunism is
terrible, langston was so blinded at the suppression of his race that he
ignored the injustices, labors, and terrors of a cummunist government. His
poem was beautiful. It is a story of slavery in not only America but in
the world. The title may be America but it is not right to judge the US for
their problems when all countries have suffered the same. The world isn't
perfect, the human race is not perfect. But people like Langston Hughes can
help us learn and can teach us to see the wrongs that have been committed.
Only after we learn of the terrors once witnessed is when we can avoid
repeating the mistakes all of humanity has made.I am usually not the
biggest poetry fan but Langston was a credible poet and a great writer.
Despite the controversies of the simplicity of his works.

Yarel 16 years old from United States
Comment 62 of 241, added on March 21st, 2006 at 4:06 PM.

this poem sucked it had no soul or flow in its words im not impressed

max powers from Bolivia

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