European imperialism, particularly its enslavement of assorted African populations between the 1400s and 1800s, has resulted in centuries of strife and suffering for untold millions of people. To look at the state of race relations between the white and black population of the U.S. today is to look at the consequences of slavery practiced by Europeans centuries ago.
Just as a hypothetical, however, imagine a parallel world where the enslavement of Africans by Europeans never occurred. In this alternate universe, the Europeans also had an opportunity to exploit the Africans for their own gain, but in this more ethical universe, the Europeans decided, "No, we can't do this. It's unethical, it's inhumane, and it's immoral. These are our fellow human beings we're talking about. We can't exploit them in this manner."
Had that been the prevailing attitude of Europeans in the 1400s, what kind of world would it be today?
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