In seeking to understand if racism existed before slavery, or if slavery was in fact a development of racism, there is an inescapable dilemma; namely, the two so rely on one another that it is difficult to conceive of either as existing without the other. A society that allows for one race to be actually enslaved must believe on a deep level that it is racially superior to the victims. At the same time, it is likely that the institution of slavery, however it comes into being, must promote ideas of racism within those empowered to practice it. To an extent, then, there can be no real answer to the question simply because the processes of slavery and racism are inextricably linked. This acknowledged, it must as well be recognized that, if a “bottom line” approach is taken, some form of racism must be in existence before any type of slavery can be in place. At some point and on some level, the society must believe it has the right to enslaves because the slaves, when designated by race, are racially inferior. Slavery certainly validates the belief, as legislation usually provides a kind of ethical sanction for ideologies. Nonetheless, and no matter the variations in policies, laws, and societal attitudes, the ultimate conclusion is that slavery could not exist without racism generating it.