Looky here, America
What you done done —
Let things drift
Until the riots come.

Langston Hughes (1902-1967) American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright
“Beaumont to Detroit: 1943”
Added on 14-May-15 | Last updated 20-Dec-19
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  1. Richard Ellis says:

    Whoa! I was born in Beaumont in 1949 and this is the very first time that I’ve heard about this writing by Langston Hughes. I was vaguely told about the riots that happened by either my parents or any other relative. This was not taught in any school that I attended in Beaumont. It’s like it never happened. Black people here never talk about it even today. I’m amazed to learn about this. Whew.

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