Please refrain from the following: name calling, sarcasm, offensive manners, and off-topic discussions. What were some of the reasons that slave owners owned slaves despite the immorality of it? Yes, there is the answer of there being that they saw themselves as superior to blacks, but I want deeper answers. I was watching a documentary at one time that stated that there were a few slave owners who believed that blacks didn't feel any pain. Could it be that over time coping mechanisms were somehow implemented into society to try and justify this horrendous institution?