Tupac Racism

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The Distant Race Racial discrimination and the fight for equality are social issues that have been fought for, for a long time in the United States. Over the years, a great number of artists have stood up to denounce injustice. Written at totally different times, but still regarding the same themes, the poem written by Langston Hughes in 1949, “Theme For English B”, and “Changes”, by Tupac Shakur, in 1992, are both works of critique that show the injustice of the place given to African Americans in the United States at specific times. To begin with, the use of poetic devices is really significant to be able to grasp the central purpose of each of these works. First of all, both poems project powerful imagery that reinforce the message of the…show more content…
Throughout his lines, he uses anaphora by repeating the line “I see no changes” at the beginning of every stanza. This keeps the listeners from forgetting Shakur’s utopic hope for change. Additionally, by repeating the fact that he sees no changes, the singer exhibits that even after all that has been done to enhance blacks’ rights, the real problem of racism has not been tackled yet. For him, the changes that people need to make are not only regarding legislation, but principally in mentality, because there still exists too much hate between whites and blacks. For example, in the lines, “Cops give a damn about a negro / Pull the trigger kill a nigga he's a hero” (Tupac lines 5-6). Tupac reveals the corrupt mentality of police officers toward black people. What he claims is that if a “cop” gets in trouble with a “negro”, he will not think about it twice before shooting him down (a thing that occurs far less often with white men). The imagery created by saying that the cop is a hero is clearly sarcastic and just shows the average American mentality that, without any questioning, will always see the black man as the bad one even if he has done nothing and still gets shot. It is exactly this kind of mentality that kills Tupac’s hope, to the point where, at the end, he gives up and says that “Some things will never change”

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