D2 KIM - Contradicting American Values America has not...

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Contradicting American Values America has not always been a nation characterized by diversity. While standing as the self-proclaimed “land of the free”, America once reserved its principles of liberty, equality, and unity only for those of white skin color. All others were expected to struggle as members of an inferior social status, with few rights and opportunities. Langston Hughes’ poetry reflects upon some of the hapless realities of this time through an African-American perspective. Within "I, Too", “Dream Deferred”, and “Theme for English B”, he sympathizes with those that were exploited and expresses his frustration with contradicting American values. The poise and finesse of Hughes’ writing provide a stirring illustration of the hindrances African-Americans have undergone as minorities, while evoking the emotions of both the oppressed and the oppressors in a call for reformation. Rights which are freely given are often taken for granted.
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