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VIDEO: Lankford Calls For Racial Understanding, Dialogue On 'Solution Sundays'

U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, talks with the media outside police headquarters in Guthrie, Okla, Friday, July 8, 2016. Lankford visited with police officers during a private meeting.
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U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, talks with the media outside police headquarters in Guthrie, Okla, Friday, July 8, 2016. Lankford visited with police officers during a private meeting.

U.S. Sen. James Lankford says he thinks racial tension in this country could be improved if people intentionally spent more time with each other in their homes.

During a floor speech Thursday, the state's junior Republican Senator suggested what he called "Solution Sundays" – sharing a meal with a person or family of a different race once a week in order to have a greater dialogue about race in the country.

"Everybody put their feet under the same table and to develop a friendship and a relationship,” Lankford said. “Every person can do that. Every person can be a part of the solution. Every person in our country can start to move that conversation a little farther. It's part of who we are. We don't solve things based on a vote in America. We solve things around our dinner table."

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Lankford said he started discussing the idea earlier this week with U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) South Carolina Republican Tim Scott, one of only two African-Americans in the chamber.

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