On Being Brought from Africa to America
Phillis Wheatley was one of the slave who was brought from Africa to America. Not like other slaves at that time, she was the fortunate one to meet Susannah Wheatley who was sympathetic about Phillis Wheatley. She provided education to Phillis, which was quite uncommon among the white women at that period. She was talented and smart in learning and in a short time she was able to read Latin writers. The education she received opened her eyes to Christianity and she became a great follower of God. Her youth led her path to be a writer who launched two traditions of ‘the black American literary’ and ‘the black woman’s literary’ tradition. Her poems were mostly about Religious and Moral subject of 18th century. She showed how her faith in Lord was strong and was eager for the freedom of Afican slaves.
From her poetry ‘ On Being Brought from Africa to America,’ even it was a short poetry that she wrote, it was enough to show the situation and the prejudice of white people toward the black people. At the first lnes of poem, she wrote that it was God’s mercy that she was brought from her home country to America. Even if she was brought as a slave, she was thanking God for letting her study about God and have faith in him. The situation that she was placed was not that positive since many white people were judging black people and viewed their ‘sable race with scornful eye.’They considered that the skin color of black people were ‘diabolic dye’.However, she quoted that “Christians, Negroes, black as Cain, May be refined, and join the angelic train” It clearly showed her Christian perspective that human could not judge the value of other human being based on their skin tone since God refined them to and invited them to his house of heaven.