Racism and Discrimination in the 1950s and 1960s: Langston Hughes The following paper looks at Langston Hughes’ controversial poem, “Raisin the sun.” The ensuing several pages argue that Hughes’ poem is a powerful indictment of the poisonous racial problems in mid-twentieth century America that soiled the nation’s image abroad and caused heightened racial tensions at home; for Hughes’ generation of black Americans, it must have seemed as though racism would never “dry up like a raisin the sun” but would continue indefinitely. In any case, the paper will note three things about the poem: the notion that idealism and even hope (the American Dream, which is all about hope) can shrivel up and die if justice is not achieved; the notion that...The end:
.....e) can die if deferred too long – and how racism creates burdens and the possibility for violence. All in all, his simple yet elegant poem is a glimpse into the tortured soul of black America in the middle of the twentieth century. Bibliography Hughes, Langston. “Raisin in the sun.” n.d. 27 Apr. 2009 http://raisin-sun.netfirms.com/hughes.html Kinzer, Steven. “For a poet, centennial appreciation.” New York Times, 14 Feb. 2002: 1. Marable, Manning. “An idea whose time has come.” Newsweek, 138.9 (2001, August 27): 22. Sylvester, R.F., & Jacquelyn Mitchell. “Justice system advocacy: a must for NASW and the social work community.” Social Work, 40.1 (1995): 9-12. Watts, D.H. “America will burn.” Saturday Evening Post, 13 Jan. 1968: 6-8.