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"Racism was a result, not a cause, of slavery..." ~Thomas Sowell Yes- Slavery then Racism No- Racism then Slavery.

Asked by: Robkwoods
  • All men are created equal

    The u. S constitution stated all men were created equal. So in order to get the southern states to agree, They had to claim that blacks were somehow not ‘men’. So they agreed to say they were subhuman. 2/3 a vote each. Those who hated this racist thought wanted to get the country established and then later figure away to stop slavery. They did. And in the early 1800s they established what has always been the party of limited govt ‘the Republican party’ Soon after the civil war began. . . . .

  • This is true.

    The romans had slaves that were their own 'skin kind'. White people have been and continue to be enslaved in the middle east/north africa.

    Blacks enslaved other blacks in africa, Which si how the american colonies got slaves.

    Indentured servitude was slavery which were europeans (specifically britains) enslaving other britains. Both white.

    Slavery isn't a racism issue when it starts. Its a power and control issue.

    Serfdom was a kind of slavery, But it was white on white.

  • Racism definitely makes it worse, but...

    It is in no way a requirement for slavery, if we look at it from a historical perspective. Any number of factors could make the foundation of slavery, including racism of course, but also nationalism or class-splitting with a hereditary power hierarchy like in some nations east of Europe. From vikings to Romans, slaves has had multiple colors throughout history.

  • Racism is not sufficient

    Or necessary for slavery... Racism was a result, not a cause, of slavery, and not all societies that enslaved people of another race became pervaded with racism to the extent that the American South did. ~Thomas Sowell
    Racism was the method by which slave owners tried to prevent rights being given to slaves.

  • Slavery and Race

    Slavery emerged not because of the belief in the existence of a superior and inferior race, but instead, a need for cheap, un-free labor. Racial ideologies were used to justify the allocation of a group of people. (Satzewhich & Liodakis. Race and Ethnicity in Canada: A Critical Introduction. Fourth Edition)

  • Events that occurred way before slavery had been influenced by racism

    It's been around ever since Europeans began their conquests to other countries and since then, they have used racism to justify horrible crimes (mass genocide, rape, slavery). They've enslaved Africans because they needed labor and since they deemed these Africans to be less intelligent/to have less morals/and to be less human than white people in general, they decided; 'why not use them instead?'. They perceived and treated them as everything except for human and this is because of their racist perspectives, they saw them that way BECAUSE they were black, which makes it racism. So whether the statement is trying to say racism in general or racism towards black people didn't occur until after slavery (its kind of unclear to me), they're both false statements, because no person would treat an entire minority as actual animals if they don't have some kind of prejudice views about them.

  • Im stuck in the middle

    The had to feel better than blacks to enslave them, rape women, and kill hundreds. No way they didn't feel any superiority when they first came across blacks that had barely anything and didn't understand their language. But still they could've just went with it and decided to hit them again because they wanted power


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