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Handling Racism through Art Name: Institutional Affiliations: Introduction Racism is a vice that has plagued America for a long period. Many people have used different tools to stem down the level of racism. Poems and short stories have been advanced to help in addressing the vice. This paper focuses on the contributions of Langston Hughes’s poem "Mother to Son" and Richard Wright’s short story “The Man Who Was Almost a Man" in addressing racism menace in America, focusing on the child development and perspective. Hughes On Racism In America Hughes’s poem shows the struggles that the given race that the mother and the son belong, as an unfortunate race that has to struggle to survive. Hughes notes that at times the struggle can be dire, but the advice to the child is never to let up and keep on fighting hard to reach out to the desired goals. In the poem, Hughes uses the mother to encourage and give hope to the child not to let up the fight despite their race by writing, “… So, boy, don't you turn back.Don't you set down on the steps.'Cause you finds it's kinder hard” (Hughes, 2011).Wright On Racism In America Conversely, Wright shows despair and anger to the unfortunate race and age that Dave Saunders, the teenager, finds himself. Dave got angry because nobody in the society wanted to consider him a man and so bought a gun to kill so as to be recognized. Wright writes, “Lawd, ef Ah had jus one mo bullet Ah'd taka shot at tha house. Ah'd like t scare ol man Hawkins jusa little ... Jusa enough t let im know Dave Saunders is a man”CITATION Wri11 l 1033 (Wright, 2011). Intention and Achievements The two artists tried to bring into

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