The Root has a heavy slant to all of it's coverage so I wasn't surprised ... but I'm more interested in the kinds of conversations that black people simply refuse to have ...
Slavery was primarily about money early on. I'm willing to say that it was one thing and became racist as it was propagated by Europeans. However, slavery existed for a long damn time in Africa long before the Europeans showed up to BUY Africans FROM Africans.
The idea that owning slaves makes you a racist is interesting because Africans owned slaves for thousands of years as standard domestic practice. It was similar to indentured servitude and nothing like what Europeans did. But slavery was a THING and there was a TON of money to made selling to the Europeans.
Racism came after ... the idea that blacks were less than whites. Africans didn't see slaves that way (color), but it was STILL about otherness (lineage, war prisoners etc).
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