What irony do you see in the situations described in this essay.
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The irony that is most obvious is the extent to which the white population embraced Harlem culture, music and clubs. Harlem became "trendy" for white folks to partake in yet they strongly held very racist views towards the people they came to see. Langston Hughes writes, there was an "influx of whites toward Harlem after sundown, flooding the little cabarets and bars where formerly only colored people laughed and sang, and where now the strangers were given the best ringside tables to sit and stare at the Negro customers--like amusing animals in a zoo."