African American Poetry (1870-1928): A Digital Anthology

Langston Hughes, "The White Ones" (1924)

I do not hate you,
For your faces are beautiful, too.
I do not hate you,
Your faces are whirling lights of loveliness and splendor, too.
Yet why do you torture me,
O, white strong ones,
Why do you torture me?

Published in Opportunity, March 1924
Also published in The Weary Blues, 1926

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