African Americans in the Arts
The Negro Takes His Place in American Art
The theme in this article proposes that African Americans are in a unique way skilled in artistic power which may be very important to the development of a nation. According to Locke (124), Black-American people are more naturally talented with artistic skills compared to Caucasians. He believes that art is glamorous, a luxury. Confronting adversity enables the Black-American artists to tap into a creative circulation of thought and ideas that those who have prior experience cannot artistically compete with (Locke 133).
Art is an indication of civilizations and race. To the author, spirituals are also inherently parts and parcel of the Black-American culture. These aspects can be traced back to the slavery era, and hence use art has a way of teeming with sadness and bitterness. The author believes that Black-Americas utilize these influential songs to utter their artistic potential in its simplest form.
According to Locke (59), the “civilized” white people owes to the soul-utterances of its black counterpart numerous moments of joy not to recognize the considerable fact ungrudgingly that what the Black has attained is of great civilizing worth. To the author, Negros got the same opportunities and education facilities of the whites.
Criteria of Negro Art
The above topic presents work done by Du Bois. The author explores the value of the artistic potential found in the black people and the manner that it has been absorbed into the American culture. The position of the black race has always faced a series of criticisms and often been considered feeble (Locke 133).
The author suggests that the only remedy to the matter is to behave as if there is no color difference between human races. After many years of holding back the true Negro inherent potential, it is hurtful to conceptualize how numerous artistic geniuses have been frustrated purely because of their skin color. The black people in America were deprived of their right to understand their skills in crafts.
The White America race has always stifled the attempts of numerous black artists. This has resulted to the question of whether the Black idea that gained support from the whites is the only one that is still there. According to historical evidence, there were and still are numerous systems of Black art that have endured racial bigotry.
However, they may not have had the spotlight or acknowledgment that they ought to have had. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the black people in America to preserve what they still have and to make famous what they have been ignored in the past and have not had opportunities to express.
The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain
The theme here is based on Hughes’ story of a Negro poet who admires being a white poet. By a white poet, he implies being a white writer or artist. This was manifested at the time when the Black community was realizing that it was not very difficult to become like whites or white poets and other artists in American society. During the time, artists such as writers, poets, and musicians in the black community were ignored and frustrated by racial bigotry.
Today, there are numerous Black American writers and poets whose works are very popular throughout the world. It is not easy to imagine that just a few decades ago there was such attitudes change. The Black American families during that time would teach their young ones to adore the white man. They were taught to try all they could be to become like the whites. The blacks were made to believe that the white people were superior to them and thus deserved their honor (Locke 133).