Dems loving some Langston Hughes

I was pretty (dorkishly) excited by all the references to “A Dream Deferred” at the DNC this week – Obama’s Thursday night was the third I saw just during the prime-time speeches. It’s funny because all through this election I’ve kept thinking of another Hughes poem, which I find even more heartbreaking than the more famous one:

“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?

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