Slavery and Racism

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Discrimination is very old in its origins. From the earliest periods of human existence, groups developed prejudices toward others and then discriminated against those whom they regarded as different or inferior. In their attempts to maintain or increase power, prestige, or wealth, groups found it easy to invent or accept the idea that others were somehow inferior to them and thus not deserving of equal treatment. Among the many differences that could be used as …

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…could no longer sustain the slave trade. For these several reasons, delegates from seventeen nations, including those that had been most actively engaged in slave trading, gathered together in Brussels to draft a comprehensive act with the professed intention “of putting and end to the crimes and devastation engendered by the traffic in African slaves, of efficiently the aboriginal population of Africa, and of securing for that vast continent the benefits of peace and civilization”.