Michael Brown on From ‘Am I Not a Man?’ to ‘Am I Not a Baby?’

Photo source: Dr. Michael Brown

Among the approved messages NBA players can put on their jerseys this season is “I Am a Man.” Presumably, this goes back to the famous abolitionist image depicting a black slave in chains with the caption, “Am I not a man and a brother?”

Abolitionists like William Wilberforce understood that a major key to breaking the power of the slave trade was to humanize the black slave. Once that was done, despite the economic arguments in favor of slavery, the moral arguments would prevail and the backbone of slavery would be broken.