In the late 18th century, a significant belief in the history of the world had arisen. This belief consisted of numerous facts that led to the conclusion of innate white superiority. With the creation of this seed, a tree of unimaginable horror had set into place. A man named Adolf Hitler ate from its fruit leaving the genocide of a people in his wake. America had also taken a bite from the forbidden fruit. The consequences of this taboo manifested itself in slavery, exploitation, and death. While modern science has disproved this illogical theory of innate superiority through the use of electrophoresis and other such studies, the idea had somehow planted itself in the soil of America and taken root. What had caused this plantation of the idea, and what had fertilized the seed allowing for its continuous growth and eventual stranglehold? Racial superiority reified and assimilated into folk culture because of American racial ideologies in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, enviable traits such as progress and empire building became associated with racial superiority, and racial superiority justified the whites" exploitation of indigenous people and their severe treatment of slaves.
Racial superiority reified and assimilated into folk culture because of American racial ideologies in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. During the later part of the eighteenth century, "race" not only appeared as a subdivision of interacting populations, but also described human differences and power relations while playing a significant role in structuring social position. The idea of race differences had become an instrumental part of American social structure. The colonists, including those who never owned slaves, saw race as critical to their way of life. Free African-Americans and the antislavery movement became a contradiction to their racial ideologies. With the power permitted, the Caucasians" sense of superiority had become to flourish with impunity.