So, too, with the slaves. Once they are no longer slaves, once they are free, they are no longer noble and exalted; they are just human beings. (4.2)
Everyone can agree that slavery is bad, right? And we can agree that owning slaves is just about the worst thing on the planet? Here, Kincaid is saying that the issue becomes more complicated when slaves become free, even though they are still dealing with its burden.