An extract from “Cultural Exchange”, by Langston Hughes, from Ask Your Mama (1961).
Dreams and nightmares!
Nightmares, dreams, oh!
Dreaming that the Negroes
Of the South have taken over—
Voted all the Dixiecrats
Right out of power—
Comes the COLORED HOUR:
Martin Luther King is Governor of Georgia,
Dr. Rufus Clement his Chief Adviser,
A. Philip Randolph the High Grand Worthy.
In white pillared mansions
Sitting on their wide verandas,
Wealthy Negroes have white servants,
White sharecroppers work the black plantations,
And colored children have white mammies:
Dear, dear darling old white mammies--
Sometimes even buried with our family.
Culture, they say, is a two-way street:
Hand me my mint julep, mammy.