One week ago, I attended the One Book One Campus sponsored talk with Kim and David Lacks Jr., the grandchildren of Henrietta Lacks. The talk was structured as a question and answer session, with Kim and David fielding questions from both the facilitator and the audience. While it was interesting to hear Kim and David speak, the event as a whole was arguably rather uninformative largely due to both the nature of the questions asked and the type of responses that Kim and David gave. It is hard, however, for me to criticize the type of soft questions posed to Kim and David because as a member of the audience I had ample opportunity to raise questions of my own. Within the context of William F. Buckley’s article titled “Why Don’t We Complain,” we can view the event as a whole as an example of people refusing to speak up.
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