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Tavis Smiley: ‘Why I Fear America Could Enslave Black People Again’

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 22:34
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Tavis Smiley: ‘Why I Fear America Could Enslave Black People Again’
by Breitbart News 19 Oct 2016
In an op-ed for TIME magazinediscussing Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan, PBS host Tavis Smiley writes that he fears black people could once again be enslaved in America.
In my lifetime, I have never seen Congress so blatantly mock our Constitution. It’s especially striking that it comes from the political party that’s always lecturing us about the “rule of law”. What’s worse is that they’re getting away with it. Republicans have turned this Constitutional issue into a political football and suckered the White House, Democrats in Congress and the news media into playing the game by their rules. This is a travesty of justice, but it has all but disappeared as a news story.
I wonder what other Constitutional mandates Congress could just decide to ignore. Is it possible that the White House, the opposition party in Congress and the news media could be cowardly complacent, too frozen by fear to actually do anything to stop their overreach? They haven’t in this situation. It’s all “politics,” they say. Sound familiar? That’s exactly what we said when Trump’s campaign was just a joke. He won once. And could win again.
So, could the Constitution be thwarted and black folk end up enslaved again? Legal scholars, of course, will find the question ludicrous and laughable.
It wasn’t farfetched for the young student who pressed me at Lehigh that evening. And, honestly? With the hair-raising, bone-chilling, spine-breaking, nerve-wracking path we’re on right now, I shudder to think where this democracy could end up one sad day, if we don’t get off this low road and make our way to higher ground soon.
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Strobe Talbottwas an editor for Time magazine, and is the president of the Brookings Institution (think tank).
Note: Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Brookings Institution (think tank).  
George Soroswas the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society, and is Robert Soros’s father.  
Henry Louis Gates Jr. was an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), and is the host of African American Lives.
African American Lives was a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) program.
Tavis Smiley show was a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) program.
Tavis Smiley is the host of the Tavis Smiley show.
Carnegie Corporation of New York funded the study that led to creation of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
Newton N. Minowwas the chairman of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), is an honorary trustee at the Carnegie Corporation of New York, a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and a senior counsel at Sidley Austin LLP.
Carnegie Corporation of New York was a funder for the Brookings Institution (think tank), and funded the study that led to creation of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
Cyrus F. Freidheim Jr. is an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), and a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago.    
R. Eden Martin is the president of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and counsel at Sidley Austin LLP.
Michelle Obamawas a lawyer at Sidley Austin LLP.
Barack Obama was an intern at Sidley Austin LLP.
Robert Soros is George Soros’s son, and was married to Melissa Soros.
Melissa Soros was married to Robert Soros, and is a friend of Kate Betts.
Kate Betts is a friend of Melissa Soros, and a contributing editor for Time magazine.
Strobe Talbottwas an editor for Time magazine, and is the president of the Brookings Institution (think tank).
Time magazineis a publication for Time Inc.
Norman Pearlstineis the chief content officer for Time Inc., was a trustee at the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and a trustee at the Paley Center for Media.
Carnegie Corporation of New York was a funder for the Brookings Institution (think tank), and funded the study that led to creation of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
Patricia E. Mitchell was the president & CEO for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), the president of Time Inc. Television, and is the president & CEO for the Paley Center for Media.
Norman Pearlstineis the chief content officer for Time Inc., was a trustee at the Paley Center for Media, a trustee at the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and is the chief content officer for Time Inc.
Time magazineis a publication for Time Inc.

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