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Racial cultural christianity 9 unfortunately for

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racial cultural Christianity” 9 Unfortunately for Africans the prevailing order of the day was slavery, and religion's role for the time was not to stop it but to rationalize it. The early African Slave trade in South America was dictated by its geography and defended by religion. The natives were unable to provide sufficient labor for the Europeans and were cast aside. The climate and conditions proved perfect for Africans and so they were brought by the boatload. When it was discovered that South America was ripe for growing sugar cane, the demand for slaves only increased. With the need for slaves established, the Europeans needed to explain how they had the right to enslave an entire people. To this end, they would twist religion, saying that Africans were cursed, that they were born to be slaves. Religion would become just another shackle to the slaves, telling them to obey and suffer their masters' cruelties. The geography of South America forced the Europeans to the African slave trade, the ability to grow sugar only exacerbated their demand for slaves, and religion was manipulated to condone and encourage their participation in the slave trade. 9 Robinson Milwood, European Christianity and the Atlantic Slave Trade: A Black Hermeneutical Study, (New York : Authorhouse, 2007).
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