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Vintage Hughes - Who but the Lord? Summary & Analysis

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Who but the Lord? Summary

This poem asks who but the Lord can protect a man from police brutality?

Who but the Lord? Analysis

The question posed by the poem is a pointed one. The police represent total social authority; who is to stand up to them? Wielding total power, the police are free to brutalize the black population without any oversight. The poem ends by answering its own question with the enigmatic, "We'll see." All the beaten black man can do is await a sympathizer who can stand up to the violent police force. When or from where this man will come is unknown.

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