Essay on Gem Of The Ocean By Austin Wilson

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Slavery consist of many meanings besides being owned or being in control of another humans being. In Gem of the Ocean; Austin Wilson demonstrate through his characters that not only is slavery not dead but that the effect of racism and discrimination is also very much alive. In addition, Austin Wilson has been a great historian towards the suffering of African Americans. In like manner, he has influence other talents, for example, Heather Nathan states Jefferson Pinder uses the boat Gem of the Ocean as his inspiration with quilts “He discussed the artist’s search for the visual image that will connect to the viewer, noting that the artist may discover an unlikely image-in his case, slave ships-that seem simple on the surface, but that in fact tell a very complicated story (Nathans 77). Moreover, Austin Wilson’s play make us comprehend the severity of the discrimination and racism. On another interview with Patricia Gantt she states:
“ Wilson did acknowledge himself to be "a race man," claiming the Black Power Movement of the 1960s as "the kiln in which I was fired," the experience that caused him to see how deeply embedded race and racism are in the culture of the United States (2001,12). He felt that race is the single most important aspect African Americans share, because it "allows for group identification and it is the organizing principle around which cultures are formed" (12). Since black Americans have the common legacy of slavery, Wilson says, "we [are] now seeking…

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