The main problem with the Native American and African, in dealing with the European during this early period, was the African’s tragic naiveté. [S]He had never dealt extensively with this kind of people. [S]He came out of a society where nature was kind; nature furnished him [/her] enough food, enough land, enough of the basic things [s]he needed to live a pretty good life. Old African & Native American societies were governed by honor and obligation. Land could neither be bought or sold; there were no fights over the ownership of land. The land belonged to everyone.
The European, coming from a society where nature was rather stingy and where he had to compete with his brother for his breakfast, his land, and his woman, had acquired a competitive nature that the African could not deal with. In order to justify the destruction of these African societies, a monster that still haunts our lives was created. This monster was racism. The slave trade and colonial system that followed are the parents of this catastrophe.