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A Cry for Freedom Many writers of past and present have attempted to bring light on the subject of racial bias and hatred Langston Hughes has been quite successful as a voice for the African American people with many poems such as Silhouette and Democracy opposing racial violence and aggression Through his selective yet simple choice of words Hughes leaves open many interpretations such as a more cautious pleading term in Silhouette but in a much more spirited demanding manner in Democracy When one looks at the poem Silhouette he or she may see a very careful and almost pleading manner as Hughes writes Southern gentle lady do not swoon Theyve just hung a black man in the dark of the moon1738 He does not say stop tempting and flirting with the black men but uses the word swoon instead to soften his statement At the time a black man was not considered equal to that of his white brother and would likely be looked upon with hostility and aggression if he were to start making demands of the white man or woman In order to speak with any tone of justice so that maybe people would heed his message one may see Hughes almost asking of favor of the white women of the time Hughes also notes How Dixie protects its white womanhood1738 after speaking directly to the white women Hughes doesnt single out women individually but the whole concept behind what is meant to be a southern woman which gives the reader ideas to ponder such as the many ideals of women in society At the end of the poem one may see the same tone as the beginning when Hughes says Southern gentle lady be good be good1738 Here Hughes ends Silhouette with another phrase asking white women to be careful of their actions One may think Hughes assumes white women know their actions mean trouble for a black man if
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