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Protests of 1935 An Analysis of Air Raid Over Harlem When the Italian forces invaded the nation of Ethiopia in 1935 it disturbed many African Americans throughout the United States This incident caused many blacks to protest in the streets of Harlem New York In Langston Hughes poem Air Raid over Harlem 1935 he uses the literary devices of colloquial language capitalization and rhyme to illustrate the feelings thoughts and actions of many Americans during the time of these rebellious acts Hughes uses a great deal of colloquial language throughout the poem to show how Americans felt during this time period The narrator a black man shares many of his feelings with the reader during the poem He has many conversations with a white man about the different aspects of the protests and of the different things that take place For example the narrator tells the white man of how his people have been quiet and peaceful too long and if they have to use physical force to get their point across then they will The white man replies Youre just making up A fake funny picture aint you Not real not real 58-60 The white man thinks he jokes around and makes up some magical fairy tale that doesnt make any sense The white mans reply demonstrates the common viewpoint white people felt during the early stages of the protesting His choice of words and the way he uses them shows that education levels for white Americans werent that high during this time period Hughes uses a good example of colloquial language when the narrator tells the white man about the horrible things that happen to his people during the protest He mentions police hitting people with billy-clubs and splitting their heads open making them bleed He also talks about how the police send bullets throughout the streets of Harlem and leave the wounded and dead laying helplessly In an angry
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