The year is 1415 and a prince named Prince Henry convinced his father, King John of Portugal to capture a group of muslim traders in Morocco. The reason was because he was jealous. The muslims had a bunch of riches and if he could get those riches out of the way, then there would be more money for him.
Do what I say! You will now look at me as your master!
StampedBY: Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
"Enslaving these people is missionary. A mission from God to help civilize and Christianize the African savages.pg.6
Although it would seem so, Prince Henry and King John were not considered the first racists. Back then, capturing people was a normal thing. The title of the World's First Racist, according to the book, went to Gomes Eanes de Zurara. Zurara was a story teller, he wrote a book called "The Chronicle of the Discovery and Conquest of Guinea". In this book he talked about how the Portugese were advanced in the fact that they owned African slaves.he mentioned how enslaving Africans was a mission of god to capture the African savages. Zurara's book became very well known across Europe.
As Zurara's story got bigger, it even started causing some African's that they were inferior or not as good as the Europeans. An example of this is al-Hasan Ibn Muhammad al-Wazzan al-Fasi. This man was a very well educated Morrocan who was on a Diplomatic journey along the Mediteranian Sea.
On his journey, the man got captured and became enslaved. He was enslaved for a good amount of time after having been caught.
Get him! Keep him under control.
You must have me confused! What did I do?
After a while of being a slave, al-Hasan Ibn Muhammad al-Wazzan al-Fasi, was freed by the pope himself. Pope Leo X was his name. He then converted to Christianity and was then renamed, Johanes Leo. He later was known as Leo Afircanus.
You shall be freed! You have a wide open spot to join the Christian community!
Now known as Leo Africanus, decided to write a survey about Africa. In that survey, he echoed Zurara's ideas. He called Africans, his own people hypersexual savages along with many other false ideas that he believed because of these fake stories he heard. This made al-Hasan Ibn Muhammad al-Wazzan al-Fasi, or Johanes Leo, or Leo Africanus, the "first known African racist", according to the book.