by Delricho Simmons
Equality in the world—political, economic, and social—has been accomplished. Bravo, World! It is a no brainer, anymore. Like smallpox, inequality has been knocked-out. Today, there is no longer call for marching, boycotting, or even voting. Moreover, people of all races can do everything as equals. People no longer have to dream. Amen!
This speech above is not exact. For instance, several farm workers subsist in slavery even today– even in the U.S. These people are not free to run off. According to Mark Bittman, writer for the New York Times,
“Unlike corn and soy, tomatoes’ harvest cannot be automated; it takes workers to pick that fruit. And not only have workers been enslaved, they have been routinely beaten, subject to sexual harassment, exposed to toxic chemicals … and forced to wait for hours to find out whether they have work on a given day. Oh, and they’re underpaid.”
This is not the America that Martin Luther King sought saying that he would not get there with the rest of us. This is not the America Langston Hughes wanted, either. What is that Dream?
Langston Hughes in his poem, “A Dream Deferred,” wrote that the dream can be like “a raisin in the sun” or a piece of rotten meat. The dream overlooked, obscured, and crushed can only assemble like this for so long before it detonates.
What happens to a dream deferred?Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.Or does it explode?
Many people considered him a voice of his people. That African-American voice was trusted to people like Hughes and given to America. The Dream came from the plantation then migrated to the city.
Langston Hughes was involved with the New York Harlem Renaissance. This was the golden age of black entertainment and writing. This was a time to throw worn-out ideas of the past and light the way for younger African Americans artist and writers. Langston Hughes wrote, “I, Too, Sing America” just like Walt Whitman.
I, too, sing America.I am the darker brother.They send me to eat in the kitchenWhen company comes,But I laugh,And eat well,And grow strong.Tomorrow,I’ll be at the tableWhen company comes.Nobody’ll dareSay to me,“Eat in the kitchen,”Then.Besides,They’ll see how beautiful I amAnd be ashamed–I, too, am America.
No group of people should be kept down. All people deserve equality in political, social, and economic America. All people should have freedom of speech. All people should be free from slavery.
The Dream should not be deferred, as Langston Hughes contends, or else it rises up. The dream can find a crack in the concrete as a rose wrote, Tupac Shakur:
“Did you hear about the rosethat grew from a crack in the concrete?
Proving nature’s law is wrongit learned to walk without having feet.
- The Weary Blues By Langston Hughes (renardmoreau.wordpress.com)
- Demand By Langston Hughes (renardmoreau.wordpress.com)
- A Dream Deferred… (thenewsouthus.wordpress.com)
- Harlem by Langston Hughes (brown1020.wordpress.com)
- Let America Be America Again by Langston Hughes (juldor70comingtoamerica.wordpress.com)
- Commentary on “I, Too, Sing America” by Langston Hughes (revolutionarypaideia.com)
- Lie #2 “You’re too poor to start your dream” (a dream deferred) (missamaryah.com)
- Imitation #1: Langston Hughes, The Weary Blues (eisloefn1.wordpress.com)
- Langston Hughes: “Let America be America Again!” (kbrennanblog.wordpress.com)
- Thoughts and Feelings of The Common People (theresaatusm.wordpress.com)