With the emergence of imperialism, it was clear that the Europeans had taken economic and social control over the rest of their world. Acquiring the economic and social control meant that another race and/or group would have to take an inferior and backseat role to the Europeans. One such group was the Africans. They were taken advantage of the “superiority” of the Europeans.
The books by Equiano, Conrad and Achebe describe how the Europeans showed their superiority and took advantage of the African people. However these truths are also shattered in the books, as they show that the Africans were really not inferior and that the Europeans themselves had faults to them that made them look as human and inferior as the Africa and the rest of the world.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, it was a time of change in the world. The Europeans were fighting with each other for control over the world and Africans were caught in the middle of this fight. In the economic sense, Africans were looked at as a way to make profit by the Europeans. Africans were stolen and torn apart from their families to be sold as slaves to Europeans and others. They were basically items to be sold and bartered with and commodities to improve European’s pockets.
The Europeans modestly showed their superiority by taking these Africans as slaves and conquering their land and taking their resource as their own. With these resources, they make them selves even more advanced and the Africans move in the opposite direction. By using the Africans as items, the Europeans use them to improve on their superior status and making the Africans and other races even more inferior. The Africans make money for the Europeans from resources taken from Africa. Europeans then sell the products back to the Africans and others at a higher price. Not only are the Africans looked at as an item to the Europeans but also machinery to create their products.
If you were not made into a slave then you were used...