Wisdom and War – Langston Hughes

We do not care-

That much is clear.

Not enough

Of us care

Anywhere.

We are not wise-

For that reason,

Mankind dies.

To think

Is much against

The will.

Better-

And easier-

To kill. 

You and Your Whole Race – Langston Hughes

You and your whole race.

Look down upon the town in which you live

And be ashamed.

Look down upon white folks 

And upon yourselves 

And be ashamed

That such supine poverty exists there,

That such stupid ignorance breeds children there

Behind such humble shelters of despair—

That you yourselves have not the sense to care

Nor the manhood to stand up and say

I dare you to come one step nearer, evil world,

With your hands of greed seeking to touch my throat, 

I dare you to come one step nearer me:

When you can say that

you will be free!