On Being Brought from Africa to America



In Wheatley’s “On Being Brought from Africa to America”, Baldwin and Townsend contends that the author gives an inkling of “a sense of urgency”. Baldwin and Townsend further explain that it is obvious that Wheatley is “crying out” in hopes that the White population will recognize her, in the same manner, she perceives God will regard her. A more striking question is being posed by Baldwin and Townsend regarding the mysterious difference between heaven and earth, they raise: “if slaves can join their masters as equals in heaven, why then can they not do the same on earth?” This remarkable inquiry reveals the real existence of disenfranchisement and prejudice in both the historical and current social settings of America: African Americans are considered inferior to the White population. The two critics further spot the shrewd arrangement of words in the poem. they state: “The words Christians and Negros are placed side by side, forcing readers to juxtapose these separate entities, thereby hinting at their equality.” From a reader’s point of view, the arrangement of words in the poem creates a sense of inevitable reconciliation between the qualities of the Negros and the nearly inexistent requisites of being a Christian. In other words, Baldwin and Townsend believe that the author’s main objective is to eradicate the marginalizing notions of the apparent requirements of converting into Christianity. thus, Wheatley is clear at establishing her point.