What was slavery really about?

not just black people have been slaves, so, it's not about race


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  • Control and power.

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    • No one bought slaves for control and power. It was economic exploitation.

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    • @zagor Tell us about that.

    • @jacquesvol Prisoners were sometimes sent to the new world as slaves. In addition, there were indentured servants, people who basically sold themselves into slavery for a fixed term for a chance to come to the new world. In addition, some tried to enslave the native Americans but they tended not to co-operate, preferring to lay down and die.

What Girls Said 9

  • There have always been slaves, there is an extreme amount of slaves now. Even though people like to blame American people, slavery was in full force for a long time before America was even a concept.
    The cast system in India is basically slavery for many as well.

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  • It was about power, money, political interests. Because slave owners thought they were superior to their slaves.

    That's true, black people weren't the only ones who were slaves. But no people have suffered more and for longer than black people.
    The effects of slavery are still visible in many African countries and on they way many Africans (the ones from the South) think and see themselves.

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  • In America, it was about the usual but it was truly about your skin colour (hence why your children would be slaves if you were a slave). In the rest of the world it was really strictly about power and control and the ever ending fight to take over the world as rhe most powerful country.

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  • People like having control and power. The more people they control, the more powerful they feel.

    Also, it was pretty obvious that this was only asked because you just wanted to state that not only blacks were slaves. Everyone already knows that.

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  • Are you happy that you got your point across that not just blacks were slaves? Because I feel that you only asked this question for the sole agenda of pointing that out

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  • Free workers

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  • Slavery was all about americans using Africans for their own benefits like using them for cleaning the cotton, farming...

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    • Clearly you haven't studied history if you tink Americans invented slavery.

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    • This is commical 😂

    • @BelleGirl21 yep

  • Slavery is about proving your power over someone else that you view as weaker, not as important as you. It's about ownership. It's about getting return while not having to get your hands too dirty (like out in the fields, building pyramids). It's a way to exploit people, degrade people all while finding more ways to further yourself. It's a way to make your life easier, but it usually comes at the cost of making someone else's life much harder

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  • It depends which region of slavery you’re referring to. For the Egyptians, it was about creating a lavish, materialistic world. For Americans, it was primarily about race. That’s why crazy, evil white people STILL continued to try to keep blacks down and legally describe them as less than human years after slavery.

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    • @BelleGirl21 another one that failed history.

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    • @zagor Actually, that’s something a lot of white people tell themselves so they don’t have to feel guilty by association. Race may not have been the main reasoning but it had a hell of a lot to do with it. I know what I’m talking about, sweetie. White people got off on terrorizing and oppressing black people with slavery. You guys should stop trying to deny that.

    • Look, it was economic. It became about race later because it was a group that was easy to identify and make a permanent servile class.

      You also seem to forget that most of those SELLING the slaves into captivity initially were black Africans.

What Guys Said 15

  • Slavery started because powerful people didn't want to work too much, so they got the weaklings to do the hard work.
    It was never about race, it was more about not doing tough work and to establish dominance.

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  • This is a rather vague question because different societies practiced different forms of slavery for different reasons in different parts of history, but generally slavery was about economics, labor, population displacement, and war. Remember that industrialism was fairly recent, do the ancient world had limited options when it came to dealing with certain sociopolitical and economic issues.

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  • Free labor. People come up with crazy stupid reasons like it was because white people wanted to hold down black or even that white dudes envied black guys lol I shit you not. But it's basically free labor for the owners weather they were white, Arabic, black, Romans, Greeks or even the Chinese.

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  • Cheap. labor, a slave is a one time investment, and a renewable resource. Humans first animal that they domesticated was other humans.

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  • Its about increasing your standard of living. Whether this through increasing your wealth or through other means.

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  • Profit?

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  • It was about forcing people to work for you for free because you had the power.

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  • The Nazi's used slave labor, so did pre-Columbian native Americans.

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  • Economics.

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  • I think it was about resources and maximum production. As soon as technology improved, the slave industry pretty much died off because there was a better and faster way to get the job done.

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  • Money... Resources... Being able to live comfortably while someone else suffers for you.

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  • Customized gaming experience.

    I mean. Uh... imperialism!!

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  • It's about white people trying to show dominance over other races. Coloured people were described as low-class, while white was high-class.

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    • Slavery has existed throughout time in many civilizations of various skin colors.

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    • @BelleGirl21 @AnArtisticMind
      So please enlighten me which colour outside white, oppressed and enslaved another race or colour to show their dominance?

      Say what you want this question was just asked to say that white people were also victim of being slaves. I honestly don't understand why people can't accept the facts and just move on now.

    • Most of the people who rounded up and sold the slaves in Africa - were black. Furthermore the first slaves in the Americas were not all black - some were even white.

  • about race obvs

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    • No, about money. They didn't pay to bring people thousands of miles just to have someone to lord over. They wanted cheap exploitable labor.

  • King and slave

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