Politics of Racism in America: A comparative analysis of the poems of Amiri Baraka and Haki Madhubuti

  • Rajshekhar Pankaj Research Scholar KIIT, Bhubaneswar.
Keywords: Afro-American, Politics, Racism, Amiri Baraka, Haki Madhubuti. .


The purpose of this study is to analyse the impact of Racism on Blacks and the politics behind it during 1960’s and70’s in America through the poems of Amiri Baraka and Haki Madhubuti. Politics is the activity which regulates and resolves conflict. It is a relationship that governs a society and a country at large.  Racism was  a social evil not only in America but also in Europe. it was  a  hierarchy of superiority and inferiority that divided human beings  for many centuries.Racism had  shaped American society and politics that deeply affected the lives of Afro-Americans.  it   was  an inner threat which had  been depicted through different genres such as poetry, drama and novels. But poetry is a medium that seeps through the psyche of an individual easily. These poets have penned lines to espouse the cause of Afro-Americans. Poems have been used as a political weapon in this context to expose racism.  The poems,   The people burning and Black Art by Amiri and Assassination and Don’t cry ,Scream by Haki Madhubuti have been considered  to reveal the elements of politics and racism . 


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