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On Being Brought from Africa to America

On Being Brought from Africa to America

by Phillis Wheatley

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Quote #4

Remember Christians, Negros, black as Cain (7)

Enter Cain, the biblical character that killed his brother out of jealousy. What's unique here is that Wheatley writes "black as Cain." Again, this could be a spiritual darkness because of the murder he committed, but it could also be the physical mark God gave him after he killed his brother. Wheatley also pairs up Christians with Negroes by separating them with a comma. So what's being compared here? We've got Christians, Negroes, and Cain. Wheatley's grouping race together here under a general umbrella of Christianity. She continues that doubling of the figurative and literal "black" of her race, but is also equating black Christians with white Christians. Not bad for just a few words!

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