Last week, a professor in my department used the second stanza of this Langston Hughes poem on his syllabus, and it was so stunning to read in light of tomorrow's inauguration that I immediately had to go look up the whole poem.
"Children's Rhymes" reflects the generation gap at the time Hughes wrote it (early 1950's, I believe)---an older person watching (and complaining) about the jivey be-bop rhymes (in italics) of the kids on his block.
We've still got a lot of hard work stretched out in front of us, but I have to say it feels really good to make some progress!
by Langston Hughes
When I was a chile we used to play,
"One -- two -- buckle my shoe!"
and things like that. But now, Lord,
listen at them little varmints!
By what sends
the white kids
I ain't sent:
I know I can't
There is two thousand children
in this block, I do believe!
What don't bug
them white kids
sure bugs me:
We knows everybody
Some of these young ones is cert'ly bad --
One batted a hard ball right through my window
and my gold fish et the glass.
What's written down
for white folks
ain't for us a-tall:
"Liberty And Justice --
Huh -- For All."