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Comment 22 of 42, added on March 24th, 2010 at 7:11 AM.

Hi adrian Henson from armenia and adrian henson from american i am adrian
henson from england. goddess shows that it is worshipped but the horribly
disfigured eyes show its true ugliness

Adrian Henson from United Kingdom
Comment 21 of 42, added on March 23rd, 2010 at 1:14 AM.

I immediately loved this poem. It's a poem of hope for equality. It took me
a couple of readings to get a full understanding. "Justice" is the
blindfolded mythological goddess that symbolizes truth and justice. She
was not blind according to myths. But, L.H. has made her blind in the poem.
And, the only people that are aware of this are blacks. Since Justice can
no longer see and can only hear of injustice practices, she can no longer
judge based on skin color. This may sound confusing but L.H. felt that it
was okay to dream.

Scarlet from United States
Comment 20 of 42, added on January 20th, 2010 at 7:49 PM.

When I see the first line, I immediately see that justice is supposed to be
non-judgmental and thus "blind." And on the second line where it says "we
black are wise," I find it is saying they are wise or used to the actual
JUDGING. The "festering sores" show that justice is still judgmental, and
leans towards the black people (back in the day). My analysis...am I right?
(I hope, doing this for a project)

Cail from Canada
Comment 19 of 42, added on April 2nd, 2009 at 6:25 PM.

I interprated the last lines of it saying that if you don't understand the
entire truth with unbandeged eyes thinking you've understood it all, you
could get the wrong impression and learn to oppose the excat people who are
really trying their best.

Im 13 and doing a project for school :) so this website really helped me
get other views from this poem. thanks!

Abby from United States
Comment 18 of 42, added on July 21st, 2008 at 8:49 PM.

Justice is meant to be blind, meaning that the determination of guilt or
innocence is not made with any bias or prejudice. However, in my opinion I
think that Hughes is making a satire of this symbol. When Hughes says
“Justice is Blind” he means that it is completely nonexistent for African
Americans. Justice is unable to see the black community; justice is unable
to reach the black community.

Harriet from United States
Comment 17 of 42, added on May 15th, 2008 at 6:55 PM.

Reading this poem each and everyday has changed my life forever. The words
of langston Hughes are a key part in my everyday life.

Young Leez from Jamaica
Comment 16 of 42, added on May 25th, 2006 at 12:05 PM.

shows that life still is not that much different now than it was back in
the twenties in the eyes of justice. Justice is said to be a beautiful
goddess who is blind. Bandages cover sores those were once eyes. In my
opinion it’s not justice who is blind, but the people, who make up justice,
are inconsiderate because of their own judgments. Our legal system has our
peers defining justice how they see it, and unless they are blind, to race,
sexes, and their own biases, than they should find a new justice system.

larry lawson from United States
Comment 15 of 42, added on April 29th, 2006 at 10:51 AM.

the poem is somewhat true because it makes sense hughes is saying that
justice is a godess beatiful yet blind because it sees what others want it
to thats why it has sores as eyes because it has a flaw just like every
thing else in this world!!!!!!!!!

nabilah from United States
Comment 14 of 42, added on March 28th, 2006 at 2:22 PM.

I think that this poem shows that no matter what rase you are, the eyes of
justice still look to you. Langston Hughes is one of my favorite poets
because he says things of how they truly are and shows it through the eyes
of a true American


melody from United States
Comment 13 of 42, added on March 20th, 2006 at 5:01 PM.

Hey what about the paradoxes and symbolism in this poem, think about it,
Hughes talks of Justice as a Goddess. Well they are suppossed to be
perfect, but as he pointed out it has flaws in it so it cant be perfect and
now when a black person goes on trial they are automatically sterotyped as
Gangsta or some other stupid thin like that and he is stating that clearly,
but sarcastically when he says that the justice system has no eyes for

just my thoughts and btw a great and deep poem :)

Matt Lauer from United States

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Poet: Langston Hughes
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