my history classes usually teach us that the birth of the atlantic slave trade had nothing to do with racism and that racism was born from it, not the other way around. i've always been kind of leery of that. i was wondering what your thoughts on the subject were?
Since this ask is specifically about anti-Black racism and its association with chattel slavery, my “thoughts on it” are pretty irrelevant. But what I can do is basically show you where to look for diverse voices and educated writings on this matter:
Discussion here: http://medievalpoc.tumblr.com/post/81808959018
Discussion here: http://medievalpoc.tumblr.com/post/81390891942
Syllabus with Reading List: http://faculty.smcm.edu/ljhall/pamethn.html
On The Enlightenment as the template for Modern anti-Black (and other) Racism (quotes from Kant; Hume; Goethe): http://medievalpoc.tumblr.com/post/132938218093
On Conflicting Sources: http://medievalpoc.tumblr.com/post/77699653807
On Inaccessible and/or problematic Sources: http://medievalpoc.tumblr.com/post/81781216735
The Invention of Racism in Classical Antiquity by Benjamin Isaac (sample at link)
Barbarian Invasions and the Racialization of Art History. Eric Michaud. OCTOBER 139, Winter; 2012, pp. 59–76. Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
‘Race’, ‘Nation’, ‘People’: Ethnic Identity Construction in 1 Peter 2.9 David G. Horrell. New Testament Studies / Volume 58 / Issue 01 / January 2012, pp 123 143.
Answering the Multicultural Imperative: A Course on Race and Ethnicity in Antiquity Author(s): Denise Eileen McCoskey. Source: The Classical World, Vol. 92, No. 6 (Jul. - Aug., 1999), pp. 553-561. Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press