This poem was a response to a assignment given by Langston's teacher, in it he discusses the differences between him and his teacher dealing with race. He talks about how he is the only "colored" person in his class and how he is different but in some ways closely related.
I enjoyed the poem, it was easy to read and it made sense. I like how the writers thoughts and ideas were presented. He talks about how he feels and creates emotion.
I think the the writer wanted to show how it was for a "colored" man in this time. He wanted people to see and understand that skin color is just a color and holds no deeper meaning. He wanted people to see that we are all a lot alike in some ways.
Something that people may not know is that Langston did not want white and blacks mixing together. He did not want one influencing the other. Although in this poem he does seem to come to a realization that both influence each other and it may not be a bad thing.