Let America Be America Again

Obama’s speech today made me think of Langston Hughes’ poem “Let America Be America Again.”

Though I think the entire poem is relevant, here’s the snippet that seems most appropriate today:

O, let America be America again–
The land that never has been yet–
And yet must be–the land where every man is free.
The land that’s mine–the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME–
Who made America,
Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,
Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,
Must bring back our mighty dream again.

Sure, call me any ugly name you choose–
The steel of freedom does not stain.
From those who live like leeches on the people’s lives,
We must take back our land again,

O, yes,
I say it plain,
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath–
America will be!


3 responses to “Let America Be America Again

  1. Wow, that’s beautiful, and quite relevant. Way to go!

  2. I’m with Kip -> beautiful and relevant.

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – I’m far from unbiased in this. But wasn’t it remarkable?

    I read the transcript this afternoon before actually seeing it replayed this evening. I was blown away when I read it. Just reading it was moving.

    And then I saw the replay tonight, and it was so much more than moving. It was challenging. It was thought provoking. It was inspiring. It was introspective. It was honest. And I think most of all, it was utterly, simply, profoundly….human. On so many levels.

  3. I agree with Mr. Hughes, we must take our land back again.
    But we the people cannot do that by watching others make decisions for us, we need to speak out about what we truly believe in. We are Americans and we have that right.

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