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ENGL 226
Kait Pinder

Langston Hughes Reading THE NEGRO ARTIST AND THE RACIAL MOUNTAIN BY LANGSTON HUGHES Identify • "One of the most promising of the young Negro poets said to me once, 'I want to be a poet--not a Negro poet'; meaning, i believe, 'I want to write like a white poet'; meaning subconsciously, 'I would like to be a white poet'; meaning behind that, 'I would like to be white.' […] But this is the mountain standing in the way of any true Negro art in America--this urge within the race towards whiteness, the desire to pour racial individuality into a mold of American standardization, and to be as little a Negro and as much American as possible" • "the present vogue in things Negro, although it may do as much harm as good for the budding artist, has at least done this: it has brought him forcibly to the attention of his own people among whom for so long, unless the other race had noticed him beforehand, he was a prophet with little honour." • "But jazz to me is one of the inherent expressions of Negro life in America" • "So I ashamed for the black poet who says, 'I want to be a poet, not a Negro poet,' as though his own racial world were not as interesting as any other world." Meaning • the rise of African Americ
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