Black Response to Slavery
Europeans of the past have always looked down upon other cultures. When Europeans first came across the Indians they thought they were savages. Their initial reaction was to take the gold from these lesser humans, clothe them more appropriately, and convert them to their religion. Europe and many Caucasian nations have had a history of treating different cultures as though they were lower. This definitely comes into effect when one observes how they treated Africans.
Europeans and Africans had many differing views from how they hunt to how they cook and even in their religions. In Europe Christianity was the religion that was believed and taught throughout schools homes, this religion taught that people were initially wrong doers and they must accept forgiveness in order to live a full life with God and you will be taken into heaven. Africans had a different approach to religion than Europeans; they believed that in every day life you are interacting with your ancestors and various gods of the nature and land. They believed humans were essentially good and only on rare occasions would one actually be born evil.
“African ways blended with but did not totally succumb to the pressures of European customs and Christian beliefs. European missionaries working among blacks in the eighteenth century complained that their work was greatly hampered by "the preju¬dices of the slaves themselves (Horton).” When first converted to Christianity Africans found it difficult to believe many of the ideas being forced towards them. The idea that there is only one God was very strange for these polytheistic men and women. The majority of white slave masters were protestant Christians so they would make their slaves “believe” in God and Christianity. In the nation of Cuba, the Africans combined Catholicism and Christianity to create a religion known as Santeria. It is a very dark and demonic religion that has many ties to demonic activities. Many of...