A Wrinkle in Time vs Walking While Black: Compare & Contrast
- Date:Jan 15, 2021
- Category:A Wrinkle in Time
This essay is a study into the works of literature of specific authors about negative judgment and how it affects the quality of human beings. The pieces of writing that I’m going to look into include; “Walking While Black” by Garnette Cadogan, “A Powerful Poem about what it Feels to be Transgender” by Lee Mokobe, and “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle. Notably, we human beings have a tendency of stereotyping others basing on apparent differences. The most notable social differences that primarily lead to discrimination include; race skin color and gender differences. The stereotypes make people hate one another based on superficial differences. Maybe if we took out time to establish relationships, we would realize that we are the same save for the apparent discrepancies. The departure point among all the above-listed authors is that we are all born equal. However, as we grow up, we start creating differences by judging each other hence resulting in an insecure society.
In the book “Walking While Black,” the author Garnette Cadogan recounts his love for nature walks. Unfortunately, the author notes that while in his native country of Jamaica, he could walk without fear of the unknown, the same doesn’t happen in the United States. Walking in the streets and towns of America as a black man often raises suspicion among the law enforcers. Cadogan notes that a black person is likely to get stopped and searched by the police for the mere act of walking. Black people treated as suspects even when they are harmless. The author recounts being stopped by a police vehicle while walking on the streets of New York. The police searched him, and upon realizing that he was harmless, they drove off, leaving him panicked. The only reason Cadogan got stopped is because of his dark skin color.
Further, an increasing number of police brutality cases in the United States are all against black people.
Additionally, while walking along the streets of America, black people have to be careful lest they offend a white person, and the white person ends up calling the police on them. The greatest fear among black people about having the police called on them is that the police are likely to believe the accuser even when it is clear the accuser is lying. And it usually ends badly for the person who gets the police called on them. Suffice to say that America has taught its citizens to view and treat black people as threats. However, the author concludes by stating that while he has had awful encounters with the police, he doesn’t hate them. The author’s only hope is that people learn to love and value each other regardless of the physical differences. The physical differences of race and color count for nothing since we are all human beings.
Secondly, the piece of poetry, “A Powerful Poem about what it feels to be Transgender,” as written by poet Lee Mokobe, further explores the theme of societal judgment. Mokobe notes that society is quick to pass judgment on people with inherent differences without seeking understanding. Notably, people believe that only males and females are to get considered proper human beings. The poet notes that people who portray behavior that does not fall within the social understanding of a male and female are considered abnormal. However, the poet argues that transgender is created equal, just like any other human being. Suffice to say that other than being a little different from the regular genders, transgender also has ideas, talents, and feelings. The underlying message that Mokobe seeks to pass is that people should get treated equally and fairly, regardless of the apparent differences. Primarily, nobody should get different treatment because they do not fall within the societal definition of what is deemed acceptable.
Further, the poet notes that human beings should be at liberty to live as they please as long as their actions do not infringe on other people’s rights. Nobody ever chooses how they come into this world, whether male, female, or transgender. We all found ourselves in our bodies. Even after undergoing constant ridicule in school and at home and praying for fixing, Mokobe notes that God never listened. The young poet took God’s silence to mean that he intended to create him as a transgender person. Therefore, if God created the poet as a transgender person, who are we humans to question God’s plan!
Lastly, in the novel “A Wrinkle in Time,” the author Madeleine L’Engle explores judging others based on academic abilities. The author uses the character of a young known as Meg. The girl feels judged and neglected since her academic skills are not at par with those of her classmates. The author notes that the educational setting tends to judge students’ success on how well they perform in the classroom. However, society forgets that one might perform poorly in class but be reasonable in out of class activities. L’Engle notes that these students should get a platform to explore other fields such as; music, sports, and other diverse disciplines that may interest them. Notably, when Charles Wallace, one of the characters in the novel, faces danger, it is the academic dwarf Meg who gets charged with rescuing him. Even though Wallace is a genius who also reads Meg’s mind, he is at the mercy of Meg. Wallace has gotten taken under the spell of the evil of IT, and it appears as no one can free him. However, Meg uses love to defeat IT, and finally, Wallace goes gets freed. Therefore, the author notes that we should not label people as failures just because they are not academically proficient. It’s important to note that Meg meets her mentors that her perception of who she is changed. She finally accepts that while she is not as academically able as everyone else, she can excel in specific fields.
In conclusion, the takeaway lesson is that we should not judge others based on what we feel is the proper societal norms. There is a need to ensure that we respect diversity in society, whether it’s race, color, gender, or academic intelligence. Every person has something unique to contribute to the well-being of the human race.