Americans wanted slaves to produce goods faster and effectively. But why did they have to pick Africans to be there slaves. At the time there were a lot of other races coming over such as Italians or Germans and the Irish so why did they pick Africans was it just a random pick or did the Americans have an specific reason for picking Africans as slaves.
The Precedent to Slavery in North America tracing the origins of slavery or racism in either sense, one must keep in mind that neither is an event or circumstance that occurred in North America in the 17th through 19th centuries. We must examine slavery as an institution and racism as a mentality defined by the oppressor, independent to the oppressed. .
Europeans who came to North America in the 17th century were predisposed to the institution of slavery. Slavery had long since been a proactive institution in South America. Africans were also slaves in Europe before 1619. Slave trades that preceded the Trans-Atlantic slave trade also show evidence that there were black slaves in Europe from many centuries. Therefore, Europeans never arrived in the colonies with the thought that slavery was not a natural human institution, or that blacks were equal to them and deserving of rights. .
The racist views that derived from European's predisposed bias against blacks were a justification the race-based slavery that existed in North American beginning in the 17th century. Whites had a negative proclivity towards blacks in pre-colonial times. .
Unquestionably, signs of European prejudice and discrimination toward Indians and Africans had been present in the English colonies from the start. Burt the poisonous pattern of mistrust and abuse became widespread and central within the culture only after 1700, as race slavery rapidly expanded." In order to create a massive institution such as slavery that oppresses any people, the oppressor must view the oppressed as less than human, less deserving of human rights.