Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

You and your whole race - Poem by Langston Hughes

You and your whole race.
Look down upon the town in which you live
And be ashamed.
Look down upon white folks
And upon yourselves
And be ashamed
That such supine poverty exists there,
That such stupid ignorance breeds children there
Behind such humble shelters of despair—
That you yourselves have not the sense to care
Nor the manhood to stand up and say
I dare you to come one step nearer, evil world,
With your hands of greed seeking to touch my throat,
I dare you to come one step nearer me:
When you can say that
you will be free!

Topic(s) of this poem: race


Comments about You and your whole race by Langston Hughes

  • Tom Allport (2/11/2017 2:18:00 PM)

    tom allport
    a very powerful poem about what happens when we don't share and greed takes over us. (Report) Reply

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  • (1/3/2016 8:24:00 PM)


    ........an interesting write ★ (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, July 31, 2015

Poem Edited: Friday, July 31, 2015


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