In a piece for Time magazine, Tavis Smiley described a question from a young black student during an appearance at Lehigh University and gave a talk entitled “Making America As Good As Its Promise.”

While he was there, the student asked him, in complete seriousness, “Mr. Smiley, do you believe that given the crisis state of our democracy, we black folk could ever find ourselves enslaved again?”

Smiley described his reaction to the question in the Time piece, saying, “Whoa. Didn’t see that one coming. Neither did the mostly white audience. A quiet fell over the room. I swallowed hard.

“Looking directly at the student, I could see he was dead serious, and I wanted to treat his question with the soberness it deserved. But, truthfully, I stumbled as I began to respond, not knowing how to properly frame my response.” ( – Staff) Click here to read his response and for the full story!

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