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Blackness What is it to be black What is it to be white Why are so many people looking to fit under a colors stereotype To be born black is no longer the only factor or standard of blackness Langston Hughes is a highly celebrated and commended author of the Harlem Renaissance In his essay The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain he addresses the mental state of one Negro artist wishing to be known as a poet but not as a black one Hughes takes this as saying that this man is trying to be and subconsciously wants to be white In this I can agree Langston tells of the subconscious effect on blacks the different standards of blackness versus whiteness and what is perceived to be a Negro artist in America In America we have this idea of black being something negative while people with white skin are deemed to be better In the essay Hughes speaks of a middle class household of a young poet The poets mother would say things like dont be like niggers when all the children were not behaving properly The father saying look at how well a white man does things cementing this subconscious attitude of white is right and black is bad into the minds of his offspring thus creating a cycle They are subconsciously telling themselves that it is better to be Nordic than ethnic There are said differences within the conflict of standards between blackness and whiteness Whites are seen to be landowners politicians and attorneys while blacks are expected to be less than When blacks obtain this status of whiteness they tend to look down upon the distinct identity of their own people Langston Hughes illustrates this with his example of the fashionable church where upper class Negroes would rather worship correctly and quietly like dull Nordics than shout and sing old Negro hymns The outline for the Negro artist
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