Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Children's Rhymes


By what sends
the white kids
I ain't sent:
I know I can't
be President.
What don't bug
them white kids
sure bugs me:
We know everybody
ain't free.

Lies written down
for white folks
ain't for us a-tall:
Liberty And Justice--
Huh!--For All?

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Freshman - 2,246 Points Patricia Grantham (4/24/2014 8:15:00 AM)

    To quote the words of Dr. King. A person should be judged by
    the content of their character and not the color of their skin. A
    true to life poem that a child could understand. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,980 Points * Sunprincess * (3/15/2014 8:25:00 AM)

    ....it is sad there is this racial issue....but this is the gift given to humanity from previous generations...they (the parents) should have taught their children to love one another....love should be taught to children and not hate......hate is a word which should not be... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 39 Points Jetty J Newnham (9/22/2012 9:50:00 AM)

    I love this, I really on the writing of people like Hughes, & also Maya Angelou, to understand what life was like I can read history books but the good guys dont always write the books. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Melvina Germain (4/21/2009 4:28:00 AM)

    I wish he would have lived to see that change is taking place and we have that Black President but we still have a long road ahead of us in creating (ONE) among mankind. Ahh but now we know there is hope and definitely possibility, so we move forward with a positive view. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 9 Points Linda Winchell (1/17/2009 11:31:00 AM)

    Even though Obama is our President and Black, the sin of man is still loud and clear! When one has to overcome all the obsticals in life and some being the way we look, dress, or that color of our skin being different than what is considered acceptable. Life goes on! Good write and I am sorry that he didn't live long enough to see history made. 'God Bless America' (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,145 Points Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (11/11/2008 12:27:00 PM)

    Thank God for Obama who has taught us that little black boys and girls can indeed grow up to be presidents. Hughs died in 1967 and when he wrote those words they were so applicable but a new day has come. And though there is still struggle and strain we have made some great gain. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Rakeem 'Voice in Poetry' Person (6/2/2008 4:50:00 PM)

    very powerful even with the voice of a child. something that is still kind of true today, except it may not seem that way on the surface. but thru other more subtle things minority children are still held down. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Little Poet (4/28/2008 1:28:00 PM)

    i think it's a great poem that explains the ways black children were basically rejected of their freedom wish. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Riquetta Elliott (4/23/2008 1:12:00 PM)

    I do agree with Quiet black people like us like to have fun and we do fight our way through. I was watching Def poetry on YOUTUBE.com on this poet name Shinhah I don't know if I spelled it wrong. His title was 'Sick and Tired.' He said in his poem that he was sick and tired of this and that of doing things. He think its the truth of the whole thing. Well to be honest its not that was his opinions except the last verse because of his ignorance. Get the chance to watch it and hear it if you think his poem is the truth or his ignorant opinions. Oh this is a good poem really good. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Quiet . (3/3/2008 4:11:00 PM)

    mannnn carol need to calm down.... it aint that serious....I agree wit Taneisha and just me cuz us black folk jus like to have fun......yea we be loud n act crazy but thas jus how we are and thas why alot of white people try to act jus like us.... cuz they kno we kno how to have a good time doin tha simpliest things...and even tho its hard out here for us black folk we always fight our way right on through it and keep on keepin on.....
    BLACK IS SHO NUFF BEAUTIFULL! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
    ooooo i almost forgot.... this poem is real koo (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Just Me (2/18/2008 4:40:00 PM)

    ya'll crazy but true. i mean it's not all black people who act that way. stereotypes. duh! ! ! but alot of black people do act that way because we got the freedom to do what we want to now and so we takin advantage of it. black people do have to work harder for what we have because there is alot of people who don't want to see black people succeed. u gotta think tho.....black people done been through alot to get where we at now....so every chance we get.....we have fun cuz u never know what happens next. thats why black people act crazy. but um..........for tha carol chick...or dude.....u did need 2 calm down because people still look down on black people to this day. never gon stop. but u sound like u black cuz u sayin 'we' but it also sound like u don't wanna b black cuz tha stuff u sayin.
    NeWaYz...................im out. BLACK POWER! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! lol
    ~ducez~ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Black Ty (3/23/2007 7:44:00 AM)

    man, carol needs to chiil a min. obviously he dosent kno when this poem was written,
    but on the real this poem is still tru 2day, depending on where you go, u aint gonna have tha same oppurtunities as a white man so, yea
    but carol reminds me more of carolton from fresh prince of bel-air, lol, im just messin wit you man (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Keira Hunter (3/23/2007 1:40:00 AM)

    i understand the last comment but carol mama think about when this poem was written. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Carol A (3/19/2007 10:56:00 AM)

    I'm so tired of black people making the color of their skin a reason not to succeed. Do we not have a brain like white people, do we not have the freedom to get jobs and go to school like white people? YES we do. The white people aren't keeping us down, we are keeping ourselves down. How often do you see a group of white kids being disorderly on a bus or singing and dancing in the mall acting foolish? Never. How often do you see black kids doing it? ALOT. There are black doctors and lawyers and judges and cops, the same as whites. They are there because they did not use their skin color as an excuse. Quit playing the black card. If you don't get waited on fast at a restuarant its not becuase you are black, it is because the waiter or waitress is busy, if you don't get what you want for whatever reason, its not because you are black. It is just life, it happens deal with it. (Report) Reply

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