Langston Hughes: Beaumont to Detroit (1943)

                  Looky here, America
                  What you done done —
                   Let things drift
                   Until the riots come
                   Now your policemen
                   Let the mobs run free.
                   I reckon you don’t care
                   Nothing about me.
                   You tell me that hitler 
                   Is a mighty bad man. 
                   I guess he took lessons 
                   From the ku klux klan. 
                   You tell me mussolini’s 
                   Got an evil heart. 
                   Well, it mus-a been in Beaumont 
                  That he had his start — 
                   Cause everything that hitler 
                   And mussolini do 
                   Negroes get the same 
                   Treatment from you 
                   You jim crowed me 
                   Before hitler rose to power — 
                   And you’re still jim crowing me 
                   Right now, this very hour. 
                   Yet you say we’re fightin 
                   For democracy. 
                   Then why don’t democracy 
                   Include me? 
                   I ask you this question 
                   Cause I want to know 
                   How long I got to fight 
                   BOTH HITLER — AND JIM CROW.

#HappyBirthday #LangstonHughes #MoriorInvictus

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